Time-Tabled Freight Trains

Freight Operation Information System
Freight Operation Information System

How to book Time-Tabled Freight / Parcel Trains

Indian Railways is the backbone of the country’s logistics sector. Railway carry more than 1.2 Billon tonnes of freight traffic every year. Details of Indian Railways Timetabled freight trains including how to book Time Tabled Freight / Parcel Trains, which are all the new policy incentives by railway to boost up freight sector.

Freight Business Portal

Freight Business Portal by Indian Railway ~ Details

Indian Railways opened a new freight services portal as a one-stop solution for freight-related queries and other information. The portal contains facilities like booking of freight and parcel consignments, information about loading and unloading locations, tracking facilities of the consignments booked. The portal also contains details of nodal officers of different Zones & Divisions for freight-related queries.

Freight Business Portal by Indian Railway
Freight Business Portal by Indian Railway

Besides, the portal also provides information about the scheduled movement of cargo over Indian Railways network, live tracking and monitoring of movement of cargo over GIS, details of different schemes available to make transport more economical, o­nline gateway for investing in Indian Railways for owning private freight terminal and investing in wagons for guaranteed availability and other benefits.

Among other features, the portal also has the link to the “Rail Madad” which provides instant help for the train-related complaints and queries.

The features packed in this new portal in a nutshell are:

  • FNR — 11 digits unique number like PNR to trace consignment.
  • Booking procedures, Rate slabs, Freight calculator etc.
  • How to transport large shipments and smaller parcels.
  • Facilities at stations, loading and unloading locations, CRTs, PFTs
  • Partners of IR — List of aggregators, Truckers, Warehouses and Labour Goods Shed wise and their numbers.
  • Track and trace facility.
  • FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
  • Link with Rail Madad through Contact Us Menu
New Freight Services Portal by IR
New Freight Services Portal by IR

Now (06.01.2021) Indian Railway’s Freight Business Portal can be accessed by visiting the homepage of Indian Railways official website and clicking new icon ‘freight services’ OR by clicking following link https://fois.indianrail.gov.in/RailSAHAY.

Freight Incentive Schemes by Railway

Details of various incentive schemes by Railway

New Freight Incentive Schemes by Railway

Indian Railway announced that to carry your Goods at the cheapest rate, Indian Railways has introduced various Freight Incentives Schemes. Details are attached.

New Incentive Schemes To Transport by Railway
New Incentive Schemes To Transport by Railway
New Freight Incentive Schemes by Railway
New Freight Incentive Schemes by Railway

Advance booking for Parcel service Introduced by Railway

Railways have introduced advance booking facility of parcel space in Luggage rooms SLRs (Seating-cum-Luggage Rake) available on passenger carrying trains and parcel vans attached to the regular trains and also in timetabled parcel trains.

According to South Central Railway, the advance booking of space in SLRs and parcel vans would be permitted 120 days in advance, subject to payment of 10% of the total freight by the customer at the time of booking. The balance payment of the freight has to be paid at least 72 hours before the scheduled departure of the train for which the advance booking has been made. If the customer fails to pay the balance amount as stipulated at least 72 hours before the scheduled departure of the train, the booking will be cancelled and advance freight will be forfeited.

“There have been repeated requests from the parcel customers for the introduction of advance booking facility of parcel space so as to plan their logistics in a better way which will also generate additional traffic to railways, said an official.

In case the customer is willing to cancel the booking, such cancellation needs to be done at least 72 hours before the scheduled departure of the train for which advance booking has been made. In such cases, 50% of the advanced freight will be refunded. However, there shall be no refund if the cancellation is done after the deadline of 72 hours before the scheduled departure of the train.

In case of inability of railway administration to provide parcel space in the train on account of cancellation of train or any other reason, full advance freight would be refunded to the customer.

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✅ Railways offer Concessions to enhance Freight Traffic ~ 14.08.2020

Railways in its continuous effort to serve the freight customers have been taking several steps to improve the freight traffic, announced via press release. In this direction, As advised by the Rail Ministry, South Central Railway has already set up Business Development Units (BDUs) at both Zonal and Divisional levels. The committee members of these BDUs are in regular touch with freight customers, trade, and industry to work out various ways and means to improvise the freight loading. Now, with a view to further increase the freight loading, Railway Board has announced a set of concessions and incentive schemes for freight traffic.

The freight concessions that are offered to customers include the following :-

Concessions in freight for Short Lead traffic for all commodities except Coal, Coke and Iron ore Freight concession will be given o­n Normal Tariff Rate (NTR) for the freight traffic offered

  • for distance up to 50 Kms – 50%
  • for the distance between 51 – 75 Kms – 25%
  • for the distance between 76 – 90 Kms – 10%

The main objective of this concession is to attract the short lead traffic by Rail.

Concessions in freight for Long Lead traffic for Coal and Coke

For the freight traffic offered for a distance of more than 1400 Kms, a freight concession of 20% is given o­n Normal Tariff Rate (NTR) with a floor limit not less than NTR for 1400 Kms.

Concessions in freight for Long Lead traffic for Iron and steel

For the freight traffic offered for a distance of more than 1600 Kms, a freight concession of 20% is given o­n Normal Tariff Rate (NTR) with a floor limit not less than NTR for 1600 Kms.

Concessions in freight for Long Lead traffic for Iron Ore

  • For the freight traffic offered for a distance between 701- 1500 Kms, a freight concession of 15% is given o­n Normal Tariff Rate (NTR) with a floor limit not less than NTR for 700 Kms.
  • For the freight traffic offered for a distance of more than 1500 Kms, a freight concession of 20% is given o­n Normal Tariff Rate (NTR) with a floor limit not less than NTR for 700 Kms.

Incentive Schemes for Loading of Fly Ash

Fly Ash in bagged or loose/bulk condition when loaded in open wagons (BOXN type), 40% concession is applicable o­n NTR. Fly ash in the bagged condition when loaded in flat wagons (BRN type), a freight concession of 40% is applicable o­n NTR, whereas, if loaded in covered wagons will be charged at NTR of LR1 class.

No other concessions shall be applicable when the consignment is booked under these Policies and schemes. Concessions offered in Long Lead are applicable for Train Load o­nly. The concessions specified above shall remain valid up to June 30, 2021, while the incentive scheme for Fly Ash shall be valid until further advice.

New Policy Initiative for Freight Concession
New Policy Initiative for Freight Concession

How to Send Your Goods by Railway

Parcel loaders and e-commerce companies who want to send essential commodities may avail the opportunity to send Goods by Railway. How to send your Goods by Railway, both online and offline step by step details is as attached.

Online Method

Step 1:

Online Registration and Booking Process of Freight Trains for goods transportation steps are here

Freight Trains Booking : Online Registration Process
Freight Trains Booking : Online Registration Process
Freight Trains Booking : Online Registration Process Steps
Freight Trains Booking : Online Registration Process Steps

Step 2:

Online Registration and Booking Process of Freight Trains for goods transportation steps are here

Freight Trains Booking : Online Booking Process Steps
Freight Trains Booking : Online Booking Process Steps

Step 3:

Online Registration and Booking Process of Freight Trains for goods transportation steps are here

Freight Trains Booking : Online Process Steps
Freight Trains Booking : Online Process Steps

Step 4:

Online Registration and Booking Process of Freight Trains for goods transportation steps are here

Freight Trains Booking : Online Delivery Process
Freight Trains Booking : Online Delivery Process

For Registration, Booking of goods and parcel :- https://www.fois.indianrail.gov.in/RailSAHAY/Home.jsp#Registration

Offline Method

Step 1:

  • Find Relevant Railway Division from where you want to send the goods.

Step 2 :

  • Contact the Commercial Officer of that Division

Step 3 :

  • Go to the Railway Station
    • Go to Parcel Booking Office
    • Fill the Forwarding Note
    • Pay the fare

Covid 19 : Opportunity to book Parcels in Time Tabled Trains

South Central Railway

37 Parcel Express Trains by SCR

Southern Railway

12 services of Time Tabled Express Parcel Trains (daily) to be run between Thiruvananthapuram Central – Kozhikode

12 services of Time Tabled Express Parcel Trains (daily) to be operated btw Dr MGR Central – Coimbatore – For bookings contact parcel offices/divisions concerned

Western Railway

Details of Time Tabled Parcel Express Trains by Western Railway

Here is the time table, halts and contact numbers for assistance, if any, of Time Tabled Parcel Express Trains of WR between Bandra T-Okha, Mumbai Central-Firozpur, Dadar–Bhuj, Porbandar–Shalimar, Surat – Bhagalpur, Ahmedabad–Guwahati.

Coronavirus : Special Parcel Trains by Railway

Parcel Sector in Indian Railway

South Western Railway : Timetabled Parcel Trains Details

  • Timetabled parcel express from Vasco to Guwahati has started w.e.f 12.09.2020.
  • For booking parcels, customers can contact mobile number of Sr.DCM/Hubballi-9731668950; Area Officer of Vasco-9096068906; Commercial Controller at Hubballi-7022029814 and 9731665981or nearest Parcel office

Parcel Sector in Indian Railway : New Changes

As per the promises in the Railway Budget Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu launched new facilities in the Parcel Sector in Indian Railway. He announced the new changes in the Parcel Sector on 12th July 2016.  Following are the new initiatives.  

In the Railway Budget 2016 – 2017 Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu announced that container sector would be opened to all traffic barring coal, specified mineral ores and part-loads during the non-peak season. All existing terminals/sheds would be granted access to container traffic, where considered feasible. overhaul of parcel business – liberalize the current parcel policies including opening the sector to container train operators. 

  • Announcement of policy opening category I and II Goods sheds for Container Lift on/Lift off operations by private container operators.
  • Announcement of policy opening parcel sector to container operators

Let’s check the details.

Parcel Services to Private Sector – Parcel Sector in Indian Railway

Railways has opened up its parcel services to private sector. Now, private operators can collect small and large parcels and send it through container trains. The container trains would be operated by private players.  

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said after announcing the liberalized parcel policy.  

“Parcel business is increasing as it is a fast moving sector. We want to increase our parcel share which is currently not much,”

With this initiative, Railways expects an increase in revenue . “We also hope to free our platforms from loading and unloading of parcels in passenger trains,” an official said.  

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said Railways would be tying up with the Department of Posts which will soon be rolling out a new policy to expand its parcel service.   A new mechanism will come into effect after the new policy is implemented. According to it, Container Train Operators (CTO) will operate parcel special trains consisting of parcel vans. A parcel special train will have 20 parcel vans. The private container train operators will play the role of an aggregator. Railways will only provide the facility of moving them to the destination. Parcel Cargo Express Train

Container Train Operators to run Parcel Special Trains : Parcel Sector in Indian Railway

Railways today opened its parcel business segment to container train operators to run “parcel special trains” in a bid to shore up its earnings.  Following are the details.  For opening of parcel sector for Container Train Operators(CTOs), following guidelines are being issued to open parcel segment for the Container Train Operators.

  • ✅ Container Train Operators (CTOs) shall be allowed to operate Parcel Special trains (non-leased) consisting of Parcel Vans on indent basis.
  • ✅ The minimum composition of Parcel Special train shall be 20 Parcel Vans and one Brake van. Accordingly, Container Train Operators (CTOs) shall place indent for minimum of
    a rake.
  • ✅ Container Train Operators (CTOs) shall aggregate the parcel cargo from various customers and offer the same in full rake load.  At destination, the parcel cargo shall be delivered to the CTO for further segregation and handing over to various customers.
  • ✅ Container Train Operators (CTOs) shall be permitted to load and unload the Parcel Special
    train from Container Rail Terminal (CRT), Inland Container Depot (ICD), Domestic Container Terminal (DCT), Multi-modal Logistic Park (MMLP) and all Railway’s
    terminals notified for handling of parcel trains.
  • ✅ The existing tariff shall be made applicable.

“Basically, white goods can be transported in parcel. Pharmaceuticals, electronics and other similar items can also be transported in a big way in parcel,”  official said. Targeted beneficiaries are private container train operators, logistic companies, all freight customers, third party freight cargo aggregators, small packet size parcel operators and end-users and manufacturers.

Launch of O­nline Payment for Parcel Booking o­n Mumbai Division

Central Railway announced that to facilitate smooth movement of all commodities especially medicines, PPEs during the COVID-19 outbreak, Commercial Department of Mumbai Division, Central Railway has come out with an innovative idea to introduce online payment for parcel booking. This facility was implemented o­n 17/04/2020 and is aimed to boost parcel booking and India’s fight against Corona, this initiative also advances the goal of Digital India. 

Advantages of o­nline Payment 

  • ✅ Facilitates much-needed social distancing
  • ✅ Enables easy payment through Net Banking/RTGS/NEFT/IMPS/UPI from office/residence.
  • ✅ Unprecedented systemic improvement for over 70 registered leaseholders of Mumbai Division
  • ✅ Efficient utilization of staff. 

Process of o­nline Payment

  • ✅ Enquiry can be done from nominated parcel offices of Mumbai Division i.e. CSMT, LTT & Kalyan
  • ✅ For booking the consignment, o­nline payment needs to be done o­ne day in advance.
  • ✅ Consignor must mention o­nline payment transaction ID o­n forwarding note and submit it along with consignment to o­n-duty parcel booking staff.
  • ✅ Next day after payment confirmation is received, Parcel Way Bill will be issued.
  • ✅ All o­nline transactions will be maintained in DTC and regularly monitored.

Central Railway has planned 220 timetabled parcel trains during this lockdown for sending essential commodities like medicines, perishables, etc.It has already run 122 trains and 98 trains are scheduled. More than 2000 tonnes of essential goods have been handled in these parcel trains to various destinations like Kolkata, Guwahati, Secunderabad, Chennai, Jharsuguda, Tatanagar, etc.

  • ✅ Contact Numbers:Telephone No.138
  • ✅ Chief Parcel Supervisor: CSMT: 9730536767 / 7400098800
  • ✅ Chief Parcel Supervisor: LTT: 9967447343 / 7666653802
  • ✅ Chief Parcel Supervisor: Kalyan: 9869142069

For getting the further details :- FOIS

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