NAVI MUMBAI: Intermodal giant Container Corporation of India has joined hands with authorities at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust to speed up the clearance of imports booked under the direct port delivery program.
“CONCOR, with the active support of customs and port authorities, has taken the initiative to provide ample number of trains for speedy evacuation of containers from JN Port. The trains are provided before the actual discharge of containers from vessels so that they can be loaded directly from vessels to CONCOR trains,” the State-owned logistics provider said in a trade advisory recently.
That effort is already having a significant positive impact on container dwell times and port productivity, according to the statement.
“The industry is requested to avail this facility [additional train operation] to beat congestion and achieve faster delivery of the containers and reduction in transit times,” CONCOR said.
With Direct Port Delivery (DPD) services, shippers are able to save substantially on storage charges by port authorities; containers are required to be removed within 48 hours of landing at the port, which is the Country’s largest. JNPT aims to process 70 percent of its total inbound traffic through DPD in fiscal year 2017 to 2018, which begins April 1, as part of a larger Government scheme to decongest ports and lower shipper costs.
JNPT and customs authorities are working feverishly to streamline trucking arrangements for DPD discharges. “JNPT is already preparing a logistics solution in the form of 'engaging five to seven major transporters,' which will provide transport services to DPD clients in [an] efficient manner and evacuation of containers from terminals will take place on best pick-up basis,” the JNPT customs wing said in a trade advisory.
The DPD procedure has been the most aggressive initiatives of ease of doing business measures the top port has introduced over the past two years to provide seamless supply chains. Those steps included gate automation at all terminals, an inter-terminal trucking system to speed truck turnarounds, establishment of new parking lots for trucks, creation of a logistics data bank to track the movement of containers and introduction of an equal tariff regime for train and truck handling to draw more loads to the rails.