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National Logistics Plan aims to facilitate smoother cargo movement, reduce costs

 An integrated National Logistics Plan taking a long term perspective of country's requirement nearly 20 years is currently under preparation by the Commerce Ministry and is likely to be unveiled in about a year.

Taking a long-term perspective up to 2035, the plan takes into account demand projection and alleviation program that aims to get a fair idea of the logistics requirements of the various players by that time and outline solutions. For this, the views of stakeholders such as the logistics-using Ministries like Fertilizers, Petroleum, Food, Steel, Mineral, Mines, Food Processing, as well as private players in the space, exporters and importers are being sought, a spokesman of the ministry said here.

Based on the survey to ascertain the infrastructure requirement, the Commerce Department would be asking the logistics service providing Ministries like Railways, Roads, Shipping and Civil Aviation to align their respective plans with the national integrated logistic plan.

The ultimate aim is to bring down logistics costs, for which the Commerce Ministry is also looking at working with the states to simplify and standardise the documents for logistics, especially those for exports and imports. At present logistics cost works out to fourteen per cent and the aim of the government is to bring it to 10 per cent of the GDP so that our goods become competitive in the global market.

Towards this end, among other things, the Ministry has commenced a study to measure the dwell time at ports for vessels as well as cargo, and also intends to develop an integrated logistics portal that would be a single window for getting clearances from all the regulatory authorities, besides being an e-marketplace for logistics, reports said.


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