Port Wings News Network:
Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd, (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and part of the Adani Group, has launched Logistics Data Bank (LDB) tracking solution at Kattupalli Port.
The single window tracking solution that has hugely improved operations in Indian container logistics, launched its service at Kattupalli Port on 28 November 2018.
Present on the launch function were Ajith Kumar, Chief Commissioner Customs; Sudha Moka, Commissioner Customs; Ennarasu Karunesan, CEO – Southern Ports, APSEZ; Rahul Sahai, BDM, DLDS; Girish Surpur, Associate General Manager, NEC Technologies India; Natarajan, President, CCBA; Leeladharan, Chairman, CHENSAA, and M S Arun, Chairman, NACFS – Chennai Chapter.
Adani Kattupalli Port Pvt Ltd, India’s most modern port providing the EXIM trade in Chennai, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh region with a whole new dimension of service, speed and sophistication.
Addressing the gathering, Ajith Kumar, Chief Commissioner Customs, said that Indian Customs is taking steps to ease movement of goods by implementing steps suggested by the World Bank.
Along with all other stakeholders, it is the duty of the Customs to ensure hassle-free movement of goods, so that we rely on latest technologies to reduce delays, he added.
Mr. Ennarasu Karunesan, CEO – Adani South Ports, said, “The shipping trade is now becoming an elated field. Digital world is developing in very big way to support the logistics system to ease out congestion and facilitate in doing business smoothly. Adani Ports & SEZ have devised 42 key points in their agenda are being implemented in all Adani ports including Kattupalli Port & Ennore Container terminal.”
Mr. Ennarasu Karunesan stated: “The LDB is an all India initiative and this project will help in cutting down the overall lead time of container movement as well as reduced transaction costs that consignee and shippers incur. It will bring visibility and transparency in Logistics environment, streamline the operations across the supply chain and help in government’s plan of improving the Ease of Doing Business in India. Integrated software system is developing now which will bring fortune to the trade and is being implemented on Fast track mode. Kattupalli port has posted 43% growth in the last financial year.”
He also highlighted that Customs are proactively bringing in positive changes which is a welcome sign for the EXIM trade in Chennai region.
“Owing to this proactive approach the container business has seen remarkable change in the clearance and delivery. For instance containers earlier would take anywhere between 5 to 7 days to clear , the same containers now are cleared and delivered within 7 hours at Kattupalli port.Also DPD deliveries have increased to 70 % and DPE have seen a jump of 40%. A similar approach will be followed at Ennore container terminal too. Ennore container terminal has commenced its operation from October 2018 onwards and going forwards more vessel are expected to berth. Since 2014 with various initiatives by customs and shipping fraternity, the Southern shipping trade has seen significant growth which will pave way and rest of India will follow,” Mr. Ennarasu Karunesan added.
M S Arun, Chairman, NACFS – Chennai Chapter, said, “RFID was introduced by NACFS in Chennai about 3 years ago. This facility tracks containers from CFS to Port and vice versa. This also has all information about the container, such as shipper, Form 13, shipping bill, trailer no, driver details, etc. It also has all details of the truck to ensure that truck numbers are not interchanged. These data are available on the systems at Port gate, customs and terminal gates as soon as the truck enters each of the gates. Hence carrying of hard copies can be dispensed. This facility will help speed up document verification at the gates and will help seamless movement of containers. This facility is implemented only in Chennai but could be used in all other ports, which will benefit the trade and will truly make ‘ease of doing business’ a reality.”
Leeladharan, Chairman, CHENSAA, said, “Apart from Port/CFSs/Toll Plazas, DMICDC to look for the possibilities of installing the RFID readers between CFSs and Port when the EXIM laden containers moving which will help the trade/statutory authorities to monitor dwell time.”
“The launch of DLDS’ services at Adani Kattupalli Port is an important development in Indian logistics sector as it is well connected with all major cities and inland container depots. Our services will aim at bringing greater synergy between exporting and importing shipment of goods,” said Mr. Alkesh Sharma, CEO and Managing Director, DMICDC.
Piyush Sinha, CEO, DLDS added: “The extension of the DLDS’ services to the Kattupalli Port is a significant milestone in simplifying operations in India’s vast container logistics sector. More specifically, the launch of LDB operations at the port is going to create visibility and transparency in the way operations happen in the south-eastern corridor.”
With the inclusion of Adani Kattupalli Port, LDB’s ICT-based services have become operational across 19 port terminals of India.