The first ever bonded, cross-border cargo from Bangladesh departed Indian airport of Kolkata as the EFL (Expo Freight Limited) introduced a tailor-made logistics solution to handle such cargo transshipment between the two neighbouring countries.
The EFL offices in Bangladesh and India collaborated in handling the cargo of apparel at the point of origin. The company explained that it opted to use Kolkata rather than Colombo airport because of the instability of operations at the Sri Lankan hub.
Bangladeshi trucks carrying cargo weighing about 4.1 tonnes transferred the goods to Indian trucks at the Benapole (Bangladesh) – Petrapole (India) border. It moved in GPS enabled trucks to Kolkata airport and was air freighted to reach the final destination in Europe within the stipulated time-frame.
Through this trial initiative, Kolkata would turn out to be a strategic and useful transshipment gateway to Bangladesh for inbound and outbound air transportation. EFL Group CEO and Managing Director of India, S Senthilnathan said, “We are proud to enrich our ties with Bangladesh through this movement and alternative solutions of this nature will enable us to enhance efficiencies of our logistics operations to promote international trade.”
EFL is considering this breakthrough to be instrumental in positively impacting business growth beyond borders.