DP World’s Vallarpadam terminal in India today received its first transshipment mainline service.
This follows the Indian government’s waiving cabotage regulations for the terminal. Until now, those regulations have prevented mainline services from transshipping at Vallarpadam and instead made them transfer to local carriers.
The International Container Transshipment Terminal, also known as DP World Cochin, will be part of the new port rotation of a service connecting China to the Mediterranean via the Indian subcontinent, with Cochin being the first port of call in India from China.
DP World said efforts are being made to connect other major hinterland markets, such as Bangalore, India, to the new AME service.