...Inching toward a 40 percent target set by the Govt for imports handled via the direct port delivery (DPD) program
MUMBAI: Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) is inching toward a 40 percent target set by the Govt for imports handled via the direct port delivery (DPD) program meant to reduce cargo dwell times at major ports.
The port improved its DPD share in December to 36 percent from 35 percent in the prior month.
“We are confident with that positive trend, DPD volume will reach its targeted goal of 40 percent in the current fiscal year (which ends in March),” a Customs Official said recently. Customs authorities at respective port locations are tasked with monitoring the progress on DPD, which is seen as a key part of the Government’s Ease-of-Doing-Business measures to cut logistics costs that currently represent between 14 and 18 percent of gross domestic product.
By volume, the port handled 52,013 TEU of DPD shipments, out of total monthly imports of 144,563 TEU, compared with 44,256 TEU and 127,142 TEU, respectively, during November, according to statistics collected by JOC.com.
APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India accounted for nearly half of that DPD traffic, processing 23,372 TEU out of 44,162 TEU of imports. December DPD figures at the other three terminals were as follows: port-owned Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal, at 17,491 TEU out of 32,145 TEU; DP World-operated Nhava Sheva (India) Gateway Terminal, at 5,904 TEU out of 13,359 TEU; and DP World's flagship Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal, at 5,246 TEU out of 7,413 TEU.
The rapidly-growing popularity of DPD, in which import containers can be cleared direct from the wharf, rather than at an off-site yard, has transformed JNPT’s supply chain, which had long been dominated by third-party logistics providers for customs clearance.