Logistics VASCOR Automotive (APLL VASCOR), one of the leaders in rail-based
automotive logistics in India, has taken delivery of its sixteenth rake of
specialised rail wagons. The sixteenth rake is the first of five additional
rakes scheduled to be introduced this year to APLL VASCOR’s AutoLinx product.
specialised rail wagons are designed to transport around 318 passenger
vehicles, but can also accommodate motorcycles and automotive parts.
Bhanot, MD, APLL VASCOR, said, “Continued growth of India’s auto sector depends
in part on reliable, cost-efficient, environmentally-friendly distribution of
finished vehicles that only rail transport can bring. Our continued investment
in these rakes reflects the increased adoption of rail-based solutions for
finished vehicles transport by automotive OEMs.”
Bill Villalon, President-APL Logistics &
Chairman-APLL VASCOR, said, “Indian Railways’ positive policy environment
coupled with India’s implementation of its Goods and Services Tax (GST) scheme
in 2017 have created favourable conditions for increased adoption of long
distance transport of finished vehicles by rail. GST has reduced the physical
check points of cargo at state borders and enabled location of stockyards
dictated by logistics considerations rather than interstate taxes. This in turn
will enable faster supply chain lead times, larger transport lot sizes, and
increased lane density. Both automakers and consumers alike will benefit.”
is one of the fastest growing auto markets in the world. According to PWC
Autofacts, vehicle production is forecast to grow 36 percent over the next five
years, from 4.7 million units in 2018 to 6.4 million units by 2023.
2014, APLL VASCOR was the first international 3PL to introduce rail transport
of finished vehicles in India using Indian Railways’ policy framework for
private companies to operate automotive trains under its Automotive Freight
Train Operations (AFTO) Scheme. Today, the AutoLinx product
offers a comprehensive door-to-door solution that includes a network of 16
train sets, with nearly 60 services a month across most of India. AutoLinx further
includes a large fleet of captive car carrier trailers to support factory
pickups and last mile deliveries, as well as best-in-class IT applications.