With drop in clearance time, Indian customs seeks higher biz ranking
To seek higher ease of doing business ranking, the Indian customs department has communicated to the World Bank that the average time for clearance of consignments at ports have come down sharply to 100 hours. The release time of consignments at customs ports is one of the factors which is considered by the World Bank in its yearly ‘ease of doing business’ ranking. The department has also introduced an RFID-based system for real-time tracking of containers to help logistics companies locate the position of the consignment at any given time. The customs department has suggested to the World Bank that its representatives can do an independent assessment of the release time of the consignment at the customs port using the real-time visibility application. “The World Bank says that the release time is 267 hours, but in fact it is only 100 hours. So, we want them to do a real-time check using any container number on the ICEGATE portal,” an official stated. The new ranking is expected to be released in October. Currently, RFID-based tracking of cargoes is available in Nhava Sheva port in Mumbai. Mundra port in Gujarat too has started the tracking system and the Chennai port is expected to launch it soon.