Gateway Rail flags off first Export Train Service from Viramgam ICD

The ICD will open international trade for the industrial belt of Sanand-Mehsana-Bechraji.

VIRAMGAM: Gateway Distriparks Ltd (GDL) subsidiary Gateway Rail Freight flagged off the first export train service from the newly-built inland container depot (ICD) at Viramgam near Ahmedabad. The first consignment of export containers of Honda Motorcycle and Scooters India Ltd (HMSI) was cleared under assistant commissioner of customs Bisht.

Samvid Gupta, joint managing director of Gateway Rail Freight said, “With the addition of this ICD, our group will be able to offer intermodal service from its 12 container terminals across India to the shipping lines and the international trade. We are committed to delivering world-class service to our esteemed customers.”

The first export train service was flagged off by Divisional Railway Manager, Ahmedabad Division Deepak Jha.

Gateway Rail also operates ICDs at Gurugram and Faridabad in Haryana and Ludhiana in Punjab. It operates 30 BLC (bogie low containers) class trains to provide a daily service between these ICDs and the western ports of Nhava Sheva, Mundra and Pipavav. It also offers optional road transport service from these ICDs to provide an integrated intermodal solution for the international trade in NCR and Punjab and will now offer similar service from the newly inaugurated ICD at Viramgam to the international trade of newly developing industrial belt of Sanand- Mehsana- Bechraji of Ahmedabad.

Sachin Bhanushali, director and CEO, Gateway Rail Freight said, “We are committed to offering a reliable rail transportation service for imports and exports from our Viramgam ICD which would make a fundamental difference in the Intermodal service for Gujarat trade.”