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NEW DELHI, India: July 03, 2019. APL Logistics VASCOR Automotive (APLL VASCOR) has taken delivery of its 16th 58-wagon rake.

In 2014 APLL VASCOR was the first 3PL to introduce rail transport of finished vehicles in India. This latest rake is the first of five to be introduced this year for the company’s AutoLinx product. Each wagons is designed to transport up to 318 passenger vehicles.

APL Log Vascor rail“Our continued investment in these rakes reflects the increased adoption of rail-based solutions for finished vehicles transport by automotive OEMs”, said Umesh Bhanot, managing director of APLL VASCOR.

AutoLinx provides a door-to-door solution with nearly 60 services a month across most of India combined with a fleet of car carrier trailers for factory pickups and last mile deliveries.

According to PWC Autofacts, India 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. “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”, claimed Bhanot.

“Indian Railways’ positive policy environment coupled with India’s implementation of its Goods and Services Tax (GST) scheme in 2017 have created favorable conditions for increased adoption of long distance transport of finished vehicles by rail”, explained Bill Villalon, president of APL Logistics and chairman of APLL VASCOR.

He said GST has reduced the physical checkpoints of cargo at state borders and enabled the location of stockyards dictated by logistics considerations rather than interstate taxes. “Both automakers and consumers alike will benefit,” he added.

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