Indian Port association the apex body of the country's state owned major
ports has commenced discussions with the shipping ministry to extend Logistics
Data Banks to all major ports in the country. The facility is so far confined
to ports in the west coast in Gujarat and Maharashtra.
The LDB project’s objective is to ensure greater efficiency in the
country’s logistics sector through the use of information technology. Until now, the LDB project covered only the
country’s western logistics corridor covering ports in Gujarat and Maharashtra.
As part of the LDB project, each container is attached to a Radio Frequency
Identification Tag (RFID) tag and tracked through RFID readers. This, in turn,
helps importers and exporters to track their goods in transit. So far, about
4.93 million containers (2.34 million import containers and 2.59 million export
containers) from the ports in Gujarat and JNPT Nhava Sheva have been tagged and
de-tagged under the project.
The LDB project was unveiled in July 2016 as an important ‘ease of doing
business’ initiative to boost the country’s foreign trade and bring about
greater transparency. It helps reduce the overall lead time of container
movement, besides bringing down transaction costs that consignee and shippers
The project is implemented through a Special Purpose Vehicle called Delhi
Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Logistics Data Services Ltd.
(DLDSL) — jointly (50:50) owned by the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC)
Trust and Japanese IT services major NEC Corporation.
As part of an initiative to expand the project to ports in South India, a
team from DLDSL toured container port terminals in V O Chidambaranar port in
Tuticorin, Krishnapatnam and Katupalli and held discussions with stakeholders
Meanwhile, the LDB System has been integrated with the Freight Operations
Information System of railways, sources said, adding that the move will help
users track in-transit rail container movement.
The LDB project covers “the entire movement through rail or road till the
Inland Container Depot and Container Freight Station.” The service integrates
information available with the agencies across the supply chain to provide
detailed, real-time information within a single window, it said. The DLDSL so
far provides “container tracking services to around 70 percent of the container
traffic in India mostly in the west coast.
The services include providing users the ‘average delivery time’ as well as
notifications through SMS and email. The LDB project also provides other
services such as ‘congestion and bottleneck analysis’ as well as ‘performance
bench-marking’ that aids the Port Users to pinpoint supply chain
inefficiencies, and in turn help improve the system.