DPIIT recommends port authorities to standardize processes

The Trade and Industry Ministry on Friday proposed port authorities to standardize processes and develop procedures for expeditious cargo handling to improve deadlines and reduce the average clearance time of cargo for imports and exports. The ministry also encouraged participants to strive to meet the National Committee on Trade Facilitation targets of 48-hour clearance for sea freight and 24-hour for air freight.

These issues were discussed, among others, during the Department of Industry Promotion and Domestic Trade (DPIIT) meeting on the Logistics Database Project (LDB), which reviewed the measures taken by port authorities to improve port performance.

Chairing the meeting, DPIIT Special Secretary (Logistics) Sumita Dawra emphasized the importance of taking a holistic approach to improving port productivity in order to meet the export-import (EXIM) target of US$2.5 trillion by 2030.

The meeting was attended by officials from the Department of Commerce (DoC), the Central Bureau for Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), the Department of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW), the National Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited (NICDC) and twelve port authorities.

Dawra stressed the need for targeted interventions to improve EXIM logistics efficiency and global competitiveness.

She said that issues related to the disparity in dwell times between Indian ports need to be addressed in order to achieve international benchmarks in each port, and that port-related performance needs to be improved on key metrics such as turnaround time and congestion between port and nearest checkpoint.

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