MUMBAI: JN Port along with Jawaharlal Nehru Customs House (JNCH) and DG Shipping held an interactive session with the trade on 6th January 2016 at the Hotel Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai to promote the DPD (Direct Port Delivery) service under the aegis of Ministry of Shipping’s initiative to promote Ease of Doing Business.
This interactive session was held to seek the possible solutions and suggestion from the trade on hindrance being faced by importers in order to promote DPD service. The short term aim is to take the share of DPD service upto 40 % for import laden container to be further scaled to almost 70 % in order to improve India’s ranking in Ease of Doing Business Globally.
The trade got a rare opportunity to interact with some of high level Government Officials from JN Port, JNCH, DG Shipping, CONCOR besides other private terminal players like DP World Nhava Sheva & APM Terminals Mumbai. Also present were representative from Trade Bodies like CSLA, MANSA, INSA, BCHAA, AMTOI and FFFAI.
Mr. Anil Diggikar, IAS, Chairman – JN Port, Mr. Neeraj Bansal, IRS, Deputy Chairman – JN Port, Ms. Malini Shankar, IAS, DG Shipping, Dr. John Joseph, IRS, Chief Commissioner of Customs – JNCH, Mr. Subhash Agrawal, Commissioner of Customs, Mr. Sharat Chandrayan, Chief General Manager – CONCOR, Mr. Kamal Jain, CEO – APM Terminals Mumbai and Capt. Ravinder Johal, CEO – DP World Nhava Sheva were present on this occasion to interact and take queries from the trade on the possible solutions to accelerate the share of DPD services going forward.
Dr. C. Unnikrishnan Nair, Chief Manager Traffic – JN Port welcomed all the Dignitaries on the dias and the trade, who was present in large number for this interactive session.
Dr. John Joseph of JNCH expected all the stakeholders to contribute constructively in its endeavor to promote the share of DPD from JN Port in order to promote Ease of Doing Business.
Mr. Anil Diggikar highlighted the global best practices adopted by the JN Port in order to reduce the import and export dwell time. He also mentioned that this interactive session was being conducted to understand the problems being faced by the importers and to find the possible solution for the same. Mr. Sharat Chandrayan of CONCOR highlighted the initiatives taken by CONCOR for boosting the export-import trade from JN Port. Mr. Neeraj Bansal of JN Port gave an indepth presentation on possible ways as to increase DPD facility and asked the trade to give in writing the current problems faced by the importers in getting registered for DPD facility in order to develop a robust mechanism to take this initiative forward.
Mr. Kamal Jain of APM Terminals Mumbai and Capt. Ravinder Johal of DP World Nhava Sheva assured the trade wholehearted support for this DPD initiative.
Initiatives taken by JN Port to be globally Competitive As India’s leading Container Port, JNPT is constantly innovating and upscaling operations to not only meet but exceed the global benchmarks with an underlying commitment to provide seamless customer service and Ease of Doing Business.
During recent years, JNPT has taken a number of initiatives for faster and economical operations along with automation that has helped in streamlining the process and helping in reduction of cost, time and documents and thus making it easier for clients and partners to do business. In order to bring in more transparency in the operations for logistics chain, JNPT has started sharing all the relevant information about the port and other stakeholders with the trade and in the process empower the trade in making the right business decisions.
As a result of these initiatives, the Average Import dwell time at JN Port has reduced to 1.5 days, which is comparable to the international benchmark of 1-2 days. Similarly the Average Export Dwell time is reduced to 63 hours from the earlier 88 hours.
To further decongest the port and expedite the delivery of consignments and reduce costs, Direct Port Delivery (DPD) facility has been initiated by JN Port in an aggressive manner. In fact, JN Port first started this DPD facility in Feb 2007 for the import laden containers wherein the container is directly delivered to the client’s doorstep, for all the customs approved ACP clients on minimum volume criteria. Thus between Feb 2007 and Jan 2016, 11 clients signed up for this facility.
However in Feb 2016, JN Port took a path breaking initiative of eliminating the minimum volume criteria for availing of the DPD facility so that maximum number of clients can take the advantage of this cost effective and time reducing service. Consequently, the number of ACP clients rose to 123 in the subsequent 11 months which now stand at 778 as on today and is likely to swell in coming days.
To further streamline the process, registration as well as renewal to avail this DPD, is made available online through JNPT’s website.
In fact this facility has reduced the import dwell time from earlier 9-11 days (inclusive of 7-8 days of process time at CFS’s end) to 1.5 days. Apart from this, the trade is also saving approximately saving Rs.25,000 to Rs.40,000 per TEUs in transaction, inventory and container detention cost.
While summing up, Mr. Neeraj Bansal thanked the large number of gathering present and asked the importers especially to write regarding the current problems faced by them and also the possible solutions if any to JNPT Authority at email@example.com. He also requested the trade to give in their suggestions as early as possible in order incorporate the acceptable solution from the trade in developing a robust mechanism for this GOI’s initiative.