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Indian firms cut congestion with domestic ro-ro service

Indian firms cut congestion with domestic ro-ro service
APM Terminals Pipavav has taken delivery of a cargo of 800 Indian-built Hyundai cars from the Port of Chennai, on the IDM Symex intra-coastal ro-ro service.

Destined for dealerships in Western India, the cars were able to be transported from Hyundai Motor India Limited’s (HMIL) automotive manufacturing facility near Chennai, in Tamil Nadu State, thanks to a decision by the Indian Ministry of Shipping to relax cabotage regulations on special vessels.

HMIL, the Indian subsidiary of Korean-based Hyundai Motor Company, is India’s second-largest car manufacturer, and for the past ten years, India’s largest passenger car exporter.

The development is a landmark in using coastal shipping services, rather than often-congested Indian roads for domestic transportation - “a pioneering use of economical and environmentally-friendly coastal transportation of Indian-manufactured automobiles,” according to an APM Terminals statement.

“We are proud to be a part of this historic and innovative intra-costal shipment of Indian automobiles, serving India’s growing automotive industry with safe, and environmentally sustainable logistics alternatives,” said APM Terminals Pipavav md Keld Pedersen. 

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