NAVI MUMBAI: A coordinated effort between Jawaharlal Nehru Port and Customs Authorities on the Direct Port Delivery program at India's biggest container port is bearing positive results.
The number of imports shipped via a program to speed their movement through India’s largest port jumped 19 percent year-over-year from April 2016 through January this year.
The program is seen as critical to lowering logistics costs by cutting container dwell times and increasing port productivity. JNPT has been aggressively pushing the Direct Port Delivery program, hosting public sessions, easing Customs norms, and seeks to standardize rates. These proactive measures seems to be working, as 483 new shippers joined the program in January, bringing the total number of shippers in the Direct Port Delivery scheme to 543.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port, Jawahar Customs and the Directorate General of Shipping are committed in equal spirit to support importers in facilitating global trade practices at the port, said Port Chairman Mr. Anil Diggikar, IAS, addressing a recent trade meeting.
By volume, direct port deliveries in the April-to-January period totalled 67,098 twenty-foot-equivalent units, a jump of 19 percent year-over-year, statistics show. To push the scheme, uniform handling rates and establishment of a common pool of trucks for deployment on six select hinterland routes are in full progress. The Shipping Ministry also directed intermodal services provider Container Corporation of India and shipping lines to assess the cost competitiveness of rail transport under the scheme.
Officials also suggested lines to provide round-the-clock services to facilitate speedy clearance of direct port delivery cargo, and JNPT Customs Authorities previously told container terminals to keep gates open 24/7.
JNPT loads more than half of the containers passing through India’s 12 Major Ports, which together account for roughly 70 percent of the nation’s total container trade. The Port's April-to-January throughput edged up 0.5 percent year-over-year to 3.75 million TEUs.