CJ DARCL: Taking Logistics Industry from Shoreline to Skyline

CJ DARCL: Taking Logistics Industry from Shoreline to Skyline

Search for a logistics service provider, and you will be flooded with results. However, when it comes to get hands on the cream of the crop, a company, relevant to the contemporary leading-edge world with excellence in service, it is strenuous to get a better option than the insightful CJ Darcl. Here quality is not an act, it is a habit and the corporation is focused on presenting an integrated logistics service with optimum level.

Owned and operated by Krishan Kumar Agarwal and 3 brothers namely Darshan Agarwal, Roshan Lal Agarwal and Narender Agarwal, CJ Darcl is one of the leading Logistics companies of India, and it is currently India’s No.1 FTL company having annual Turnover of Rs 2300 Crore. The corporation believes transport means transparency and has the ability to take over any task with pellucidity.

Krishan Kumar is widely known for his good character, competence, and commitment and is able to take the business model on the top with his unique leadership skills and his extraordinary skills. .

Committed to bring quality into logistics, with CJ Darcl, Chairman & Managing Director, Mr Krishan  recently sat down with The CEO Magazine to discuss how his business is performing at the best level and dealing with the coming issues.

Here, are the edited excerpts.   

When and how did you decide to choose the entrepreneurial path in the logistics industry?

My father laid the foundation for Logistics business in 1963 and later on closed it. I got inspired and I started from scratch in the 1970s with an aim to clear up the complexities of logistics industry and organize it appropriately. I initiated it as a small transportation trade. From 1970 to 1980, I along with my three brothers during some interval of time joined this business. Presently, our company has five decades of business’ record of accomplishment.

Tell us about how you became involved in the company and your progression.

Initially, we had set up the operation through 5-6 branches from Delhi to Guwahati for small retail transportation as Proprietorship followed by Partnership. In the Year 1980, we acquired our first corporate client- Assam Oil Company, Digboi.  In the Year 1990, Business expansion with Jindal Group & IPCL afterward took over by Reliance. In the Year 1995, we extended the branch network to PAN India.

In the Year 2006, Company racked up the license to operate container trains with the focus of amplification in Rail Transportation. During the developing phase of the association, IDFC Private Equity tie-up with Company in the Year 2007 acquiring 1/3rd Equity Stake and in the year 2016-17, sold its entire equity stake. In August 2017, CJ Logistics Limited, one of global logistics player based out at South Korea team up with 50% Equity participation. It is a strategic intent to make headway in the industry together.  Subsequently to this, the name of the Company got metamorphosed to CJ DARCL Logistics Limited.

In your own words, describe what your organization does.

CJ Darcl is one of India’s preeminent Transport and Logistics service providers. It caters business-handling needs with over 2000 Customers PAN India. Our service functions on multiple verticals including Iron & Steel, Minerals & Ores, Petroleum & Chemicals, FMCG & Retail, Engineering & Construction, Agri Products etc. CJ DARCL has been executing transportation contract with most of reputed PSU companies, MNC’s, leading conglomerate, and Private Sector Companies.

Brief us over the products/services offered under the hat of the organization.

1) FTL Transportation

2) Rail transportation

3) Project cargo

4) Freight forwarding

5) Heavy cargo movement

6) Warehousing & Development

7) 3PL business

8) Automotive business

9) Multimodal transportation

How has the firm grown and what do you attribute this to?

This Company has grown from strength to strength and initial milestone was set as 1000 Crore annual business Turnover. We successfully achieved this milestone in the Year 2009. On joining hands by CJ Logistics Corporation, CJ DARCL is now capable of India’s No. 1 Total Logistics Service Provider by virtue of

  • Customer service, Advanced Operational Excellence, Reliable Industry experience
  • Consulting competency and
  • Leading technology for Optimization, IT system & solution

Do you carry out the business with a certain motto?

Yes, our business motto is to remain trustworthy and unimpeachable logistics solution provider while cutting down the transportation cost for the Logistics industry through the rational working & elimination of mediator cost and another unorganized player who charge hefty amount from customers.

Who are your clients? How did you establish a client culture around your services?

We have clientele in almost all sectors. The company is proud to be associated with Oil Companies, Jindal groups, Tata group, Reliance Group and many more. Ethics, transparency, and adhering to the commitment are the core principles of our organization, which construct customer relationship and client culture around our services.

What is your proudest moment with the company? Provide the list awards and milestones earned by the organization.

The strategic tie-up with CJ Logistics in August 2017 is the most appreciative moment for us. The company has received many awards and accolades from its esteemed Customers/Stakeholders. Some of them are listed below-

AwardGoverning Body
Transport Ratna AwardAll India Motor Transport Congress
Parivahan Shrestha AwardAll India Transport Welfare Association
Excellent Multimodal Transporter of the YearIndia Global Logistics Vision
Largest Fleet Operator AwardApollo CV
Best Corporate Excellence in LogisticsNCCI Chamber
Most Valued Transportation PartnerJCAPCPL, a JV of Tata Steels Ltd & Nippon Steel & Sumitomo
Fleet Management AwardAutomotive Tyres Manufacturer Association with Ceat Tyre Ltd.
Certificate of AppreciationHyderabad Industries Limited

What are the forthcoming agendas of the corporation?

Based on the strategic transaction with CJ Logistics Corporation in August 2017, Company has chalked out the Synergy Master Plan base, which new business verticals namely Warehousing & distribution, Freight Forwarding, Automotive division have started recently. The company aims to cater entire gamut of logistics services for its esteemed Customers. 

What has been your greatest moment of success?

Customer satisfaction and reposing trust by awarding business opportunities as repeat business to our Company has been the best moments of success.

Role of IT

Information technology has been the catalyst of growth for CJ Logistics, and Mr Puneet Agarwal has been at the driving helm of the IT department who is also instrumental for automating this logistics business through his IT expertise. Puneet heads the IT department of the company as the President.

Dynamic Leadership

 Darshan Kumar Agarwal


 Has 4 decades of deep involvement in the industry.  He keeps practical approach and brings some unique abilities to the table He is currently overseeing Western India Part of the business, which is duly supported by his son Mr Vineet Agarwal, President.

 Roshan Lal Agarwal


He gives impetus to the East and North Eastern operation of the business with over 4 decades of experience which is duly supported by his son Mr Nitesh Agarwal, President and Mr Ishant Agarwal, Vice President.

Narender Kumar Agarwal


With over 4 decades of experience, he oversees the southern part of the business and business is duly supported by his son Mr Nikhil Agarwal acting as President in the Company.  He is also instrumental in corporate affairs including accounts, audit and decision making process.

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