MUMBAI: JNPT has invited tenders for selection of transporter for providing transport solution for various identified routes for Direct Port Delivery (DPD) of ISO freight containers from the four terminals of JNPT.
The tender forms a part of JNPT’s efforts to enhance the amount of Direct Port Delivery (DPD) clearances. DPD is a major initiative of the JN Port and Jawahar Customs to expedite delivery of import containers, reduce costs and also to decongest the Port. The DPD facilitates a container to be taken delivery from the terminal without the conventional steps of routing through a Container Freight Stations (CFS).
To align with the recent directives of Government, the JNPT and Jawahar Customs, has taken a slew of measures to increase the proportion of DPD to 40%. The PPP terminals have discontinued collecting the deposit for granting DPD. The Shipping lines have assured E-delivery orders and advance invoicing to facilitate increased percentages of DPD. Due to the ongoing efforts, the share of DPD which used to be around 3% has now has increased to 17%.
However as the volumes of DPD and number of clients increases the terminals will face the challenge of yard efficiency and congestion on the port roads. The DPD also brings in the challenge of reliable delivery to multitudes of importer. To address this issue, a transport solution was formulated which would be “first-of-its-kind” in India. The model was worked out considering the dual requirements of minimising the number of stacks and designing on the “best-pick model” keeping the number of shifting to the minimum. The transport solution involves identifying 5 major routes along which maximum DPD containers are expected flow and selecting transporters for each of the route at competitive rates fixed through tender process. The transport solution is expected to bring in prompt and timely delivery leading to reduction in inventory costs, saving in transportation costs, saving in Container detention charges payable to Shipping Lines, delivery of DPD container at Port Terminals on 24x7 basis and reduction in dwell time for containerized cargo.
The key aspects of the DPD model and the transport solution include that import containers shall be cleared within 48 hours from the port and will be delivered directly at the factory/ premises of the importer/ location as designated by the Importer. The rates of transporter arrived through the bidding process will be published on the website of JNPT and Customs. The importers with DPD facility will be informed about the transporters selected through the bidding process and their rates and the importers shall need to enter into commercial arrangement with the transporter. JNPT, NSICT, NSIGT, GTI, DG Shipping, Indian Ports Association and Customs together shall form a grievance redressal committee that will address the issues of the stakeholders related to the transport solution. JNPT shall not enter into any direct commercial arrangement with the transporter.
Major transporters are expected to participate in the tender. The tender closes on 24 April. A detailed tender is published on the website of the JNPT.