International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI)’s Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT) has launched a dedicated rail cargo service connecting the cities of Karachi and Lahore.
The cargo service, which was launched in cooperation with the state-owned Pakistan Railways, aims to move goods faster and at a significantly lower cost to upcountry markets.
It is expected that this dedicated rail service will benefit Pakistan’s major industries such as agriculture, textile, fertiliser, sports goods and electronics.
Khurram Khan, PICT chief executive officer, said: “We foresee increased large volumes in Pakistan’s foreign trade, and we are committed to address this increasing our capability to provide end-to-end logistics solutions for our customers.”
PICT is the only terminal at the Port of Karachi with an internal rail connection and it has played a key role in uplifting the economy of Pakistan through providing value added services.
Khan added: “PICT hopes to be the container terminal of choice for trade at the Karachi Port.
“Our leadership strives to implement initiatives that provide customer-centric solutions in line with the Government’s strategic plans.”
The rail service provides more efficiency and flexibility to PICT’s customers, reducing the cost of doing business for its clients and, at the same time, helping to alleviate congestion on the city roads.