NAVI MUMBAI: Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust's (JNPT's) overall average dwell time in November improved to 2.53 days from 2.91 days in the same month a year ago, as its share of monthly direct port delivery (DPD) volume reached a new high of 35 percent, according to data compiled by JOC.com.
The performance was largely driven by significant productivity gains at APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India, where average export-import dwell times in November declined to 2.2 days from 2.4 days a year earlier.
Dwell time is the time taken for exports inside terminal gates to be loaded onto a ship and imports onto a truck or train. Containers staying longer in the harbor typically cause congestion and extra storage charges for shippers.
The analysis also shows APM Terminals Mumbai represented nearly half of JNPT’s total DPD handling during the month, amassing 21,566 TEU out of 44,256 TEU. November DPD figures at the other terminals were as follows: JNPCT, 14,679 TEU; NSICT, 4,566 TEU; and NSIGT, 3,445 TEU.
JNPT officials said shippers are able to save on their logistics costs and cargo transit times because of faster import discharges via DPD and that the port is on-track to achieve a Government target goal of 40 percent DPD share this fiscal year.
The DPD program allows pre-approved importers to clear their cargo direct from the wharf instead of routing through an off-site container freight station.
Looking ahead, the port aims to process 70 percent of its total inbound traffic through DPD in fiscal year 2017, as part of a larger Government plan to decongest Major Ports and increase productivity.