20 Sep 2021, 13:06

IFC partners with Truck Lagbe to help maintain supply chains

   DHAKA, Sept 20, 2021 (BSS) - To improve and modernize the logistics sector
in Bangladesh, IFC has partnered with Truck Lagbe, a leading digital trucking
platform, to help expand its services and maintain critical supply chains,
especially for delivering food and essential items during COVID-19.

   Truck Lagbe's services are helping sustain small and medium-sized
enterprises (SMEs) and also supporting livelihoods during the COVID-19

   IFC is providing an equity investment of $2.5 million in the company,
which connects people and corporate customers with truck owners and drivers
through an app and a website, said an IFC press release.

   Truck Lagbe is used to book short-haul and long-haul freight trips, with
trucks of different sizes, across all 64 districts in Bangladesh. It is one
of the largest e-logistics platforms in Bangladesh catering for over 43,000
unique shippers, with over 20,000 registered trucks.

   By leveraging technology, the company matches demand and supply for
freight services, offers price transparency, real-time tracking of shipments
through GPS technology and maximizes truck utilization, driving efficiencies
across the logistics value chain, which reduces greenhouse gas (GHG)

  "As traditional methods became inaccessible during the COVID-19 pandemic,
Truck Lagbe became the go to platform for thousands of small businesses and
truck owners for hiring trucks. This helped them to continue their business,"
said Anayet Rashid, Truck Lagbe's Co-Founder and CEO.

   "We are very excited to have IFC as a partner who have already invested in
similar startups in other countries. This will help us to expand in every
district of Bangladesh along with bringing in various support services to
facilitate everyone to move from the fragmented and unorganized local market
to our tech driven logistics platform," added Rashid.

   Transport and logistics services have faced severe financial stress and
job losses due to the impact of COVID-19.

   Digital platforms such as Truck Lagbe offer the opportunity to support
economic recovery by improving transport connectivity, facilitating trade
flows and generating additional income and productivity gains in supply

   "It is crucial for Bangladesh, which aims to become a middle-income
country over the next decade, to have an efficient transport infrastructure
and logistics services, which not only provides more support for the shipment
of goods during the pandemic, but can also help transport exports to
markets," said Nuzhat Anwar, IFC's Acting Country Manager for Bangladesh,
Bhutan and Nepal.

   In addition to its financing, IFC is providing the company with knowledge
and innovative support by leveraging insights from previous investments and
will be connecting Truck Lagbe to more prospective clients, she added.

   The transport and logistics services market in Bangladesh has a value of
US$15 billion (PwC 2018), equivalent to 6.8 percent of gross domestic
product, GDP.

   IFC's investment will support the expansion of the Truck Lagbe operations,
help widen the logistics network in the Bangladesh market, and support the
expansion of value-added services for truck owners through the sale of fuel,
tyres and lubricants.

   The release said Truck Lagbe's technology platform empowers small truck
owners by displaying their available trucks and price quotations, as well as
easy access to market information, enabling truck owners to find freight
jobs, improve their income and more effectively utilize their trucks.

   The Dhaka-based company won the "Startup Challenge 2017" competition in
2017, organized by the Information and Communication Technology Division of
the government of Bangladesh.


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