NAVI MUMBAI: A total of 13 Transport and Logistics companies have submitted 30 bids according to sources for ferrying cargo out of port, responding to a first-of-its kind initiative by the operator, the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
This initiative is to choose a logistics company or a consortium of companies that will be solely responsible to ferrying cargo across all five routes that lead from Nhava Sheva. "This is a unique initiative," said Mr. Neeraj Bansal, IRS, Deputy Chairman, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
The selected company will also have to provide a fresh IT platform which among other things will also track each vehicle, Bansal said while adding JNPT aims to appoint a transporter by November.
The move aims to support Direct Port Delivery, a global cargo clearance method wherein cargo is transferred straight from the terminal to the place of delivery, instead of initially holding it at a container freight station.
It seeks to cut dwell time to 24 hours, a fraction of what it used to take to put shipments out of charge. If effectively deployed, this means massive savings in logistics costs for importers.
Since the beginning of 2017, the volume of container cargo under direct port delivery has been increasing at a quick pace: it more than doubled from a year earlier in January, and grew 690%, 562% and 452% in the following three months. Currently, more than 700 importers or 33% of total use direct port delivery.