Long term so­lu­tions

Cargo Talk - - Report -

Around 60 per cent of goods in In­dia move by road. The country has the sec­ond-largest road net­work in the world, span­ning over 4 mil­lion km. In­dia loses sig­nif­i­cant value ev­ery year due to con­ges­tion, the slow speed of freight ve­hi­cles and the wait­ing time at toll plazas and check­ing points.

The Union Bud­get 2016-17 al­lo­cated ` 2.18 lakh crore for the rail and road in­fras­truc­ture. This in­vest­ment will def­i­nitely give a fil­lip to the lo­gis­tics in­dus­try, be it cost, speed, ef­fi­ciency or tak­ing things to the in­ter­na­tional level.

Presently, it might be dif­fi­cult to count the num­bers in re­gard to re­duced cost but there will be a huge re­duc­tion in lo­gis­tics cost with the share of ` 55,000 crore for roads and high­ways. CARGOTALK spoke to some ex­perts to know how this will ben­e­fit the in­dus­try.

How­ever to in­crease EXIM trade in the country, more train ser­vices have started, pro­vid­ing con­ges­tion-free so­lu­tions. The three more ded­i­cated freight cor­ri­dors will also en­hance speed and re­duce cost.

On the air cargo front, In­dian Cus­toms has plans to im­ple­ment a Sin­gle Win­dow con­cept. In or­der to pro­mote the per­ish­ables im­port into Delhi, Celebi Delhi Cargo Ter­mi­nal Man­age­ment In­dia has set up a spe­cialised cold stor­age fa­cil­ity at im­port ware­house.

On the mar­itime front, the re­lax­ation in cab­o­tage rule for con­tainer trans­ship­ment ports car­ry­ing less than 50 per cent of con­tainer cargo will give a boost to in­ter­na­tional cargo. Ship­ping lines are ex­pand­ing their hori­zons with new ser­vices to other coun­tries to fa­cil­i­tate trade. More lo­gis­tics parks are in line to of­fer end-to-end lo­gis­tics so­lu­tions.

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