Cargo Talk - - Contents -

Dear Reader,

In its lat­est move, the govern­ment plans to place Con­tainer Freight Sta­tions (CFSs) at the cen­tre of the en­tire plan­ning process. Though the con­cept of de­liv­er­ing con­tain­ers di­rectly to port through the Di­rect Port De­liv­ery (DPD) scheme that was im­ple­mented in 2008 gained much ap­pre­ci­a­tion, this re­cent an­nounce­ment to re­turn to the CFS model may be a game changer. In our cover story, we try and un­der­stand the rea­sons be­hind both moves.

In­creas­ing de­mand from sec­tors such as e-com­merce, fast-mov­ing con­sumer goods, etc., along with the need for larger sized ware­houses has opened up the seg­ment for more or­gan­ised and in­sti­tu­tional play­ers. In our ‘Opin­ion’ sec­tion, we ex­plore the trajectory of the ware­hous­ing in­dus­try.

In In­dia, lo­gis­tics start-ups have gained a foothold pri­mar­ily af­ter the on­set of the e-com­merce in­dus­try. In the ‘Award Talk’ sec­tion, In­dia Cargo Award win­ners pro­vide their point of view on how suit­able the coun­try’s en­vi­ron­ment is for start-ups. On the mar­itime front, the govern­ment is work­ing to­wards build­ing re­la­tion­ships with neigh­bour­ing coun­tries. Ports are now util­is­ing the lat­est tech­nolo­gies to make the cargo clear­ance process an ef­fort­less, speedy, and ef­fi­cient one. An ICRA re­port also shows that growth in cargo through­put has been strongly sup­ported by a jump of 19.9 per cent in coal vol­umes and an 8.7 per cent growth in con­tainer vol­umes.

A re­cent study, jointly con­ducted by ASSOCHAM and Auc­tus Ad­vi­sors, sug­gests that the In­dian air cargo in­dus­try needs to grow at a rate of 12.9 per cent ev­ery year from 2018 to 2027 to achieve Na­tional Civil Aviation Pol­icy’s vi­sion of reach­ing cargo vol­umes of 10 mil­lion tonnes (MT) by 2027.

As­so­ci­a­tions are con­stantly work­ing out pro­ce­dures that ben­e­fit the in­dus­try, be it in­creas­ing ef­fi­ciency or re­duc­ing cost and dwell time of the cargo move­ment. Both govern­ment and in­dus­try are look­ing into the in­tri­ca­cies of the sec­tor so as to stand on a par with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

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