DHAKA: Safmarine, the global containerized division of the Maersk Group, creates history in Bangladesh as it exports shipments out of Pangaon ICT, through River Sea Vessels (RSVs) or barges. A barge move is the third option along with the existing modes i.e. Trailering & railways offered to the customers. It is faster and more reliable transportation mode over the rail service which faces challenges in frequency during festival season.
This milestone was achieved in association with APL logistics for the movement of apparel shipments with Garments on Hangers (GOH).
Commenting on the momentous occasion, Mr Franck Dedenis, Managing Director, Maersk Line (India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh) said, “This is a historic moment for the group as well as for Export-Import trade in Bangladesh. This export shipment will showcase the Country’s renewed focus in promoting import and export in the region.”
He further added, “Our focus has always been to enable trade through our increased service offering and be as close to our customers. And we will continue to provide reliable and viable logistical solutions for the customers in the region so that they can reach markets globally. ”
Pangaon ICT in Bangladesh has been previously used mainly for imports as the confidence of export customers was low due to the trade route. Bangladesh’s first ever use of River Sea Vessels (RSVs) or barges opens up new routes for exporters in the region, as it is cost effective, has low lead time and it is more reliable option than the other conventional routes used out of Dhaka, so far. The use of this route also negates the use of the over worked rail and road transport systems to Chittagong.
Safmarine’s Differentiators at Pangaon ICT:
• Only carrier in Bangladesh having the barge connections at Pangaon ICT
• Fastest transit time from Pangaon ICT to Chittagong Port is 48 hours and also gate-in cut-off reduces the lead time to 6 days on barge movements
• Assurance of equipment and space availability
• Wide coverage of the key catchment area to enable both global and local business opportunities to explore the business potential in Bangladesh and other key locations worldwide.