The first parcel train has reached Benapole border point carrying chillies from India's Andhra Pradesh state.
Indian Railways dispatched a special parcel train consisting of 16 high capacity parcel vans carrying around 384 tonnes of dry chillies to Bangladesh, said a press release issued from the Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Monday.
The Special Parcel Express (SPE) travelled a distance of 1372 kilometres from Reddipalem in Guntur, India to Benapole in Bangladesh. The transportation cost by train works out to be cheaper compared to road transportation.
Trade between India and Bangladesh had been affected as transport services between the two countries got disrupted due to Covid-19 related restrictions since March.
To minimise the supply chain disruption, earlier the High Commission of India had proposed to the Bangladesh Railways to facilitate parcel train service between India and Bangladesh. The first parcel train service was mobilised after Bangladesh Railways conveyed the concurrence cargo.
The parcel train service is expected to benefit the promotion of trade between both countries.