Will 2016 bring the change?

Cargo Talk - - Report -

It’s that time of the year, when one looks for­ward to a new bud­get and what it will bring for the lo­gis­tics sec­tor. The sec­tor has a num­ber of de­mands from the govern­ment to make trans­porta­tion smoother. The in­dus­try is des­per­ately look­ing for the long-awaited GST roll out, 100 per cent EDI, sin­gle win­dow clear­ance, in­fra­struc­ture sta­tus to air cargo and ship­ping in­dus­try, to name a few, to bring down the lo­gis­tics cost. The in­dus­try be­lieves that Govern­ment of In­dia should ac­cord an in­dus­try sta­tus now to the lo­gis­tics sec­tor.

On the rail side, govern­ment has de­cided to build 500 pri­vate freight ter­mi­nals in three years. At present, we have 27 across the coun­try.

This is one of the strate­gies for at­tract­ing in­vest­ment in the rail sec­tor as this will en­hance speed and re­duce dwell time and con­ges­tion. The rail­way sec­tor is also ea­gerly wait­ing for the bud­get al­lo­ca­tion for rail freight.

Chen­nai Cus­toms Zone launched a soft­ware to track un­claimed cargo ly­ing in­ac­tive at var­i­ous ware­houses. This ini­tia­tive by the govern­ment is likely to re­duce con­ges­tion in ports, CFS, ICD by speedy dis­posal of UCC. Con­ges­tion is al­ways a prob­lem be it ICD, CFS or AFS. The soft­ware is cur­rently on trial ba­sis but this ini­tia­tive is ex­pected to al­le­vi­ate the prob­lem to some level.

This is also a time to build a proper sys­tem and in­crease use of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (IT) in man­ag­ing busi­ness. The ac­cu­rate and com­plete ap­pli­ca­tion of IT can only trans­form the ex­ist­ing chal­lenges of cargo in­dus­try to the ad­van­tages of In­dian trade. Adop­tion of IT will aid the move­ment of cargo in the In­dian sup­ply chain. On the ex­press side, courier com­pa­nies are also com­ing up with smart ap­pli­ca­tions through which one can track de­liv­ery up­dates.

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