The Standard Gauge Railway Freight Service received a major boost this July as the Corporation effected a promotional tariff for bulk cargo. The tariff, which was effected on July 1, 2018, will see owners of bulk cargo enjoy a subsidized rate of US $ 0.035 per ton/km, 50% of the approved tariff.
Similar to the promotional tariff for standard containerized cargo which stands at US$ 250 for 20ft. containers and US$ 300 for 40ft. containers, the bulk cargo promotional tariff will run up to December 31, 2018.
Remarkable advancements have been made since the freight service was launched in January, with 7 cargo trains now in operation on a daily basis; up from barely 2 trains a few months back. Reefer container services were also introduced at the end of June thus facilitating transportation of temperature-sensitive cargo.
To date, more than 800,000 metric tonnes have been transported by the service.