The first India-Bangladesh cross-border logistics of containerized cargo utilizing the inland waterways has been successfully completed by Maersk. This Protocol Route was tested for Indo-Bangladesh’s coco-cola Bangladesh beverages. Maersk transported 50 containers (Twenty Feet Equivalent Units) from Kolkata (India) to Dhaka (Bangladesh) via a river port on a barge on the National Waterways 1 of the India side. The decision to ship cargo across the Indo-Bangladesh border has a saving of over 60 percent in terms of transit time
The new route created by Maersk is an opportunity for customers as it is a faster and more reliable inland waterways solution that connects India and Bangladesh as well as landlocked Bhutan. It’s a boon during the monsoons when the unsettled weather causes delays while transporting goods via ocean freight and also addresses the bottleneck at the land border between the two countries.
The government of both countries has encouraged the new inland route and strengthened the customs process to improve the ease of doing business.