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Automotive Product Finder Magazine | APL Logistics VASCOR Automotive expands rail wagon fleet with delivery of sixteenth rake
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APL 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.
These specialised rail wagons are designed to transport around 318 passenger vehicles, but can also accommodate motorcycles and automotive parts.
Umesh 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.”
In 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.
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