India’s Ministry of Railways has decided to reduce haulage charges for containers transported by rail in privately owned railcars, effective April 1.
For containers weighing between 10 metric tons and 20 metric tons, the rate will be reduced 5 percent to 15,638 rupees (about US$287.94) per 20-foot-equivalent unit. Rates for empty containers and flat rack containers in the 0 to 20 metric ton weight range will be decreased by 13 percent in each case to $171.66 per TEU and $158.83 per TEU respectively.
Haulage rates in the case of loaded containers in other weight ranges — up to 10 metric tons, 20 metric tons to 26 metric tons and more than 26 metric tons — are not affected by the reduction.
The reduction is expected to boost rail-borne container traffic in a slow economy, helping container train operators and Indian Railways increase their competitive edge.