20 July 2016

Indian Express

Cargo clearances: Tech interventions to anchor efficient movement

Government agencies in collaboration with private players are introducing new technologies to counter bottlenecks in free, fast as well as safe movement of cargo at domestic ports.

The launch of a container tracking facility at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, the largest container port in India, earlier this month to monitor movement of cargo across the Western Corridor is being followed up with another technology-driven intervention that aims at tracking them from the port all the way till the inland container depots (ICDs), including to the one at Tughlakabad in Delhi. The plan is to use radio-frequency identification (RFID) to monitor container movement and the tracking facility as part of measures to improve the time taken for cargo clearances at the country’s ports.

“The plan is in conceptual stage. The idea is to track movement of containers from JNPT to the ICDs,” a senior Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) official said. Earlier this month, a container tracking facility called Logistics Data Services was introduced at JNPT, with DMICDC Logistics Data Services Ltd — a joint venture of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Trust and Japan’s NEC Corporation. The facility was introduced with an aim to bring in transparency in container movement and reduction in logistic costs for trade and industry.