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JNPT's Direct Port Delivery share rises to 36 % in December 2017

In its efforts to achieve the government target of 40% for imports handled via Direct Port Delivery programme, the port reached 36% in December, registering a marginal increase of 1% from 35% in the prior month.

 “We are confident with that positive trend, DPD volume will reach its targeted goal of 40 percent in the current fiscal year (which ends in March),” a Customs Official said recently.

With earnest attempt to improve ease of doing business, the government decided upon this DPD program to avoid delays in port clearances; Container Freight Stations (CFSs), it is pointed out, generally took about 8 days to complete the task much to the dismay of the business world since longer dwell time ended up in more logistics cost.  A CFS executive, however, denied it saying that the delay was not due to them as the importers moved the containers to factories to their inventory requirements.

Customs authorities in the port locations have the task of monitoring the progress on DPD to take care of the government’s initiative of Ease-of-Doing Business..

By volume, the port handled 52,013 TEU of DPD shipments, out of total monthly imports of 144,563 TEU, compared with 44,256 TEU and 127,142 TEU, respectively, during November, according to statistics collected by JOC.com.

APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India accounted for nearly half of that DPD traffic, processing 23,372 TEU out of 44,162 TEU of imports.  December DPD figures at the other three terminals were as follows: port-owned Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal, at 17,491 TEU out of 32,145 TEU; DP World-operated Nhava Sheva (India) Gateway Terminal, at 5,904 TEU out of 13,359 TEU; and DP World's flagship Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal, at 5,246 TEU out of 7,413 TEU.

The rapidly-growing popularity of DPD, in which import containers can be cleared direct from the wharf, rather than at an off-site yard, has transformed JNPT’s supply chain, which had long been dominated by third-party logistics providers for customs clearance.


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