NAVI MUMBAI: Shippers using APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India (GTI) have been the largest beneficiaries of a radio frequency identification (RFID) container-tracking service that Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) rolled out in 2015 to shorten lead times and ease congestion in India’s busiest public harbor.
An analysis of April-to-June productivity statistics released by DMICDC Logistics Data Services, which manages the RFID system, shows GTI has been on the top with first-quarter average dwell times for imports by road. It was at 23 hours for GTI.
Despite the disruption caused by a devastating cyber attack on Maersk Group toward the end of June, GTI has maintained its dwell time lead on the export front as well, averaging 110 hours for railed in cargo.
Average dwell times for export cargo gated in by truck for GTI was at 64 hours, the analysis shows.
“Among all JNPT Terminals, GTI has efficient performance having maximum clearances within five days across the April-June quarter,” the report stated. “Most of the containers get cleared from the respective port terminals within five days in import cycle.”
Further, GTI has also been ahead on berth productivity, with first-quarter crane rates averaging 41.48 moves per hour, a productivity analysis showed.
The RFID tagging and tracing procedure, a first at Indian ports, allows exporters and importers to track goods in transit through the port to inland container depots, container freight stations, and end-users, thus lowering logistics costs on the back of improved predictability and optimization of cargo flows. The idea of a "logistics data bank" was prompted by a slew of studies and industry reports that container volumes through Major West Coast Ports would grow dramatically following completion of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), an India-Japan joint initiative, and that a sophisticated logistics platform would be critical to efficient supply chains.
The $90-billion industrial development scheme is supplementary to Indian Railways’ Western Dedicated Freight Corridor, an intermodal transport route linking Dadri, a key hinterland point near Delhi, to JNPT. The DMIC includes two new greenfield ports in Gujarat and Maharashtra, both on the West Coast; rail and highway connectivity to ports; logistics parks; and other supporting infrastructure such as power facilities.