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India-Myanmar container service

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Oct 7 � In a move aimed at boosting connectivity with the neighbouring South East Asian country Myanmar, which envisages connecting Mizoram with Sittwe Port, the India-Myanmar Container Service was launched to link India and Myanmar.

The service commenced with the arrival of �MV Kamal�, at Chennai on her maiden call.

This service has been promoted by the Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, and Government of India in line with the enhanced trade relationship with Myanmar.

The Shipping Corporation of India Limited (SCIL) introduced �Kamal� exclusively on this run. The vessel on her maiden call at Chennai carried commodities like pulses, timber, furniture and exports comprising cement, general cargo and chemicals. The new service is scheduled to call at Chennai every fortnight and operate on the following port rotation: Chennai> Krishnapatnam>Yangoon> Colombo> Chennai.

Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, Dr Vishwapati Trivedi said the service will boost bilateral trade relations between India and Myanmar by providing immense opportunities for manufacturers, importers and exporters in these countries.

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