Amazon Transforming Indian E-commerce Logistics


Amazon becomes the first e-commerce company to work with the Inland Waterways Authority of India to facilitate cargo shipments on Indian waters, says an article published on amazon website.

Breaking New Ground

  • Amazon pioneers e-commerce evolution by partnering with the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) for cargo shipments on Indian waters.
  • Launching a pilot route between Patna and Kolkata signals a paradigm shift in transportation methods.

Multimodal Mastery By Amazon

  • Leveraging a comprehensive fulfillment, logistics, and transportation network, Amazon utilizes road, rail, and air transport modes for efficient package delivery across India.
  • The inclusion of navigable inland waterways (rivers, canals, backwaters, and creeks) introduces a novel dimension to the supply chain.


  • Amazon India formalizes collaboration with IWAI, operating under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, to facilitate containerized cargo movement.
  • The objective is to establish a network for cargo shipment on inland waterways, aligning with sustainability and cost-effectiveness.

Sustainable And Economic Inland Water Transport

  • The MoU is hailed as a significant step towards harnessing the potential of India’s inland water transport, emphasizing the focus on sustainable and economical cargo movement through river systems.
  • Endorsement from Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister for Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, Government of India.

Prime Minister’s Vision

  • The IWAI-Amazon partnership aligns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to increase the utilization of inland waterways as an economical and sustainable mode of transportation.

Capacity Building And Collaboration

  • The partnership underscores Amazon India’s commitment to building capacity to meet increasing customer demand.
  • Collaborative efforts with government authorities aim to explore mutually beneficial projects in e-commerce.

Transformative Offering For E-commerce

  • The MoU is poised to develop a transformative offering, opening new possibilities for all e-commerce companies to leverage India’s extensive inland waterways.
  • Abhinav Singh, Vice President, Operations, Amazon India, expresses commitment to transforming logistics by harnessing the potential of rivers, canals, and other water bodies.

Innovation, Sustainability, And Efficiency

  • The IWAI-Amazon India collaboration is set to drive innovation, sustainability, and efficiency in cargo transportation.
  • The initiative is anticipated to contribute to India’s economic growth by providing faster and cost-effective delivery options, extending the reach for millions of sellers on the platform.

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  1. India with too many navigable rivers , it is a great initiative of AMAZON to tap inland waterway, that will certainly ease the heavy vehicle traffic on Highways. If these inland vessels are LNG fuelled, that much pollution on road and inland also can be reduced

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