Up­lift­ing the in­dus­try

Cargo Talk - - Report -

There has been a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in the In­dian lo­gis­tics in­dus­try. The gov­ern­ment is tak­ing sev­eral ini­tia­tives to cut lo­gis­tics costs and to in­crease im­port and ex­port with neigh­bour­ing coun­tries. The cen­tre is plan­ning to build a mega trans-ship­ment hub near Tu­ti­corin to lessen In­dia's reliance on the Colombo and Sin­ga­pore ports for han­dling cargo traf­fic. The three wa­ter­port hubs in Sahib­ganj, Hal­dia and Varanasi will bring down costs and fa­cil­i­tate trade with neight-bour­ing coun­tries such as Bangladesh. Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi has re­cently laid down the foun­da­tion stone of JNPT's 7,900 crore fourth ter­mi­nal.

And keep­ing the mo­men­tum go­ing, the first-ever In­dia Cargo Awards were also held in the month of Oc­to­ber to recog­nise the ef­forts of the in­dus­try’s real run­ners.

ACAAI has also de­cided to dis­cuss the con­tin­gen­cies as­so­ci­ated with Prime Min­is­ter’s cam­paign ‘Make in In­dia’ with the Viet­nam fra­ter­nity. This will be a time for In­dian lo­gis­tics fra­ter­nity to dis­cuss trade op­por­tu­ni­ties with Viet­namese coun­ter­parts. The rapid growth of Viet­nam’s ex­port-ori­ented man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor has boosted de­mand for lo­gis­tics ser­vices. The in­dus­try is look­ing for­ward to the up­com­ing ACAAI an­nual con­ven­tion this De­cem­ber.

On the in­dus­try front, com­pa­nies ded­i­cated to skill lo­gis­tics sec­tor are fo­cus­ing on im­por­tance of driv­ers’ train­ing and the di­min­ish­ing in­ter­est in tak­ing up driv­ing as a pro­fes­sion. Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion (MoCA) has also come up with first-ever one day Ba­sic Cargo Aware­ness Pro­gramme with the help of in­dus­try stake­hold­ers.

The fact that the gov­ern­ment is se­ri­ous about lo­gis­tics in­dus­try is re­flected in the ini­tia­tive taken to im­part skills and the idea of tak­ing this one day ba­sic cargo aware­ness pro­gramme to ev­ery ter­mi­nal across the coun­try.

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