It was developed by APL Logistics Vascor Automotive, a joint venture based in Delhi. The service is running fortnightly between Chennai and New Delhi. Frequency will be increased, and new destinations added, in the coming months, APL Logistics said. The providers conducted trials of the service beginning in September, in collaboration with Ford, Honda, Hyundai and Renault-Nissan. The tests involved the handling, movement and delivery of more than 1,100 finished vehicles in the Chennai-Delhi service corridor. APL Logistics Vascor Automotive claims to be the first third-party logistics provider to offer rail services under the Automobile Freight Train Operator (AFTO) license administered by Indian Railways. The license allows logistics service providers to facilitate the bulk movement of automotive traffic by rail from product hubs to consumer centers as well as ports for export.
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