Promoted by Newsprint Trading & Sales Corporation (Prism International Group), GDL was incorporated in 1994 to conduct the business of General and Bonded Warehousing, handling and clearing of sea borne EXIM cargo in containerised form at Navi Mumbai. Over time, GDL had ventured into other activities in the logistics industry as well.
ABOUT THE GROUP
Gateway Distriparks Limited is the only logistics facilitator in the whole of India with three verticals which are synergetic and capable of being interlinked – Container Freight Stations (CFS), Inland Container Depots (ICD) with rail movement of containers to major maritime ports, and Cold Chain Storage and Logistics. GDL operates two Container Freight Stations at Navi Mumbai, one at Chennai and one at Visakhapatanam with a total capacity of over 600,000 TEUs. A new CFS at Kochi will be operational by Q4 2011-12. These CFSs offer transportation & storage, general and bonded warehousing, empty handling and several value added services.
GDL's rail operations are handled by a subsidiary, Gateway Rail Freight Limited (Gateway Rail) in which The Blackstone Group of USA has made a private equity investment through Blackstone GPV Capital Partners (Mauritius) V-H Ltd. Gatewa yRail provides inter-modal logistics and operates its own Inland Container Depots/Dry Ports. Gateway Rail operates rail linked facilities at Garhi-Harsaru (Gurgaon, Haryana), Ludhiana (Punjab) and Kalamboli (Navi Mumbai). Its upcoming terminal at Asaoti (Faridabad, Haryana) will be operational by Q4 2011-12 as well. Gateway Rail owns and operates a fleet of 21 trains and 235+ roadtrailers at its rail linked terminals. Gateway Rail operates regular container train service from these ICDs/Dry Ports to the maritime ports at NhavaSheva, Mundra and Pipavav, transporting import and export as well as domestic containers. All major shipping lines operate from these Gateway Rail terminals for both export and import.
The third vertical consists of cold chain logistics solutions out of 19 locations in India through the
subsidiary, Snowman Logistics Limited in which Mitsubishi, Nicherei and IFC (World Bank) are investors.
Snowman is a leading Logistics Services Provider and India's first cold supply chain company with a
nationwide network connecting more than 100 cities and more than 4,400 outlets. Snowman has a pan-India presence that offers comprehensive warehousing, transportation and distribution services. Its extensive infrastructure includes 19 ISO-22000 certified warehouses and more than 100 owned and leased reefer vehicles and transport assets. With its premium customer service and intricate distribution network, it is the trusted market leader in food supply chain management today.
Going forward, Gateway Distriparks plans to utilise its land banks to further extend capacities, expand its presence in new locations with the backing of a strong management team, and look at new avenues and verticals to become an all-encompassing service provider in the logistics industry in India.