DP World opened a new inland container terminal in ceremonies Thursday in Lahore, Pakistan’s second largest city.
DP World Lahore, which is also known as the Prem Nagar Dry Port, is the first public private partnership project sponsored by Pakistan’s Ministry of Railways.
It serves the country’s largest hinterland market – the Lahore-Sahiwal region – and is directly linked by rail to Qasim International Container Terminal, the gateway port managed and operated by DP World Karachi more than 600 miles away.
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The opening of the new inland terminal follows the opening of Terminal 2 in Port Qasim on Jan. 12, which expanded QICT’s capacity from 900,000 20-foot equivalent container units to around 1.2 million TEUs. The expansion is part of DP World’s three-phase development plans in Pakistan and the largest ever investment in the port sector there.
The ICT facility is built on 100 acres of land and is connected by an extensive network of railway lines and roads to some of the country’s most populous areas. The terminal will be managed and operated by DP World in a joint venture with Premier Mercantile Services, one of Pakistan’s largest maritime terminal operators.
DP World Lahore is equipped with a 25,000-square-foot container freight station and will also provide local haulage services beyond the gate to the customers’ doorstep.
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