With drop in clear­ance time, In­dian cus­toms seeks higher biz rank­ing

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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.

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