NAVI MUMBAI: Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) more than doubled its Direct Port Delivery (DPD) shipments in February month-to-month, reflecting growth in shipper interest with the speedy import discharge scheme.
Statistics collected by JOC.com, show DPD volume through all terminals last month reached 16,829 TEUs compared with 7,374 TEUs in January. Notably, that was an increase of more than one-third from 4,522 TEUs in February 2016.
JNPT estimates shippers are able to save roughly Rs. 20,000 ($300) per TEU on logistics costs with DPD.
The data showed APM Terminals Mumbai (APMT Mumbai), handled 7,821 TEUs of DPD traffic during February, versus 3,182 TEUs in January. That translates into nearly 11 percent of its total import volume of 71,782 TEUs during the month, which is significant.
February DPD volumes at other terminals were as follows: port-owned Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT), at 4,022 TEUs was up from 2,102 TEUs in January; and DP World’s Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal (NSICT), at 1,758 TEUs was up from 1,155 TEUs. The Dubai-based operator’s new facility, Nhava Sheva (India) Gateway Terminal (NSIGT), moved 3,228 TEUs of DPD shipments in February, a sharp increase from 935 TEUs the previous month.
The number of import containers handled via DPD from April to February jumped 36.3 percent year-over-year to 83,927 TEUs from 61,577 TEUs. APMT Mumbai led the pack with 35,529 TEUs, versus 26,731 previously, followed by JNPCT, at 23,364 TEUs, up from 12,581 TEUs; and NSICT, at 18,190 TEUs, NSIGT moved 6,844 TEUs in its first year of DPD handling.
The number of clients registered for DPD increased to 611 in February.
“DP World Nhava Sheva has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Government’s initiative to facilitate Direct Port Delivery, as a result of which DPD volumes at DP World Nhava Sheva have witnessed phenomenal growth. The volumes have more than doubled in the last four months,” sources at DP World Nhava Sheva said recently.
DPD imports are delivered directly to pre-approved clients instead of waiting in a container freight station (CFS) for clearance, obviating the need for moving boxes to off-site storage depots for customs clearance. "DPD is intended to increase the efficiency in trans-border trade. By way of faster clearance, lesser lead times, and optimum utilization of available resources, it is aimed to improve the cash flow in the trade ecosystem and is the logical corollary to the signing of the World Trade Organization-sponsored Trade Facilitation Agreement," JNCH Chief Customs Commissioner Dr. John Joseph said recently.