While all the goods trains - each nearly a km long - are now reported to have been 'traced' at various locations in Gujarat, the exporters claim that they would suffer huge losses if their consignments don't reach intended destinations around the world as per schedule.

The matter first came to light when a train pulling 90 container wagons left Jodhpur in Rajasthan on July 27 for a 600-km four-day long journey to Mundhra Port in Bhuj, in the Kutch region of Gujarat. The 90 wagons were loaded with different types of export goods intended to be transferred to waiting ships at the Mundhra Port bound for destinations around the world.

"After four days, since our goods had not reached Mundhra Port for their onward voyage, we inquired with the Container Corporation of India Ltd (Concor) officials in Jodhpur, but they evaded our queries," Jodhpur Handicrafts Exporters Association (JHEA) secretary Bharat Dinesh told reporters.

Besides Dinesh, several other members of JHEA had sent their goods by that regular container service of the North Western Railway (NWR) and were worried as it could mean major import-export, banking and other issues.

"Despite repeated attempts to find out the fate of our goods, the Concor officials failed to reply and we apprehended the worst for our consignment, totally worth around Rs 9 crore (nearly USD1.5 million) on that train.

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