Dun & Bradstreet releases 'Port Logistics: Issues & Challenges in India’ report
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Dun & Bradstreet, a leading provider of international and Indian business information, on February 12, 2018 released the 'Port Logistics: Issues & Challenges in India’ report and handed it over to Union Minister of Commerce & Industry Suresh Prabhu.
The report looks into various roadblocks and suggests policy recommendations to resolve the challenges across ports in India.
Scope of 'Port Logistics: Issues & Challenges in India’ report
• The report summarizes key issues and challenges faced across ports in India and proposes 60 policy measures to strengthen the ports sector, that represents the bulk of India’s merchandise trade .
• It introduces a ‘Port Performance Index’ to benchmark performance of various ports by combining qualitative perception of stakeholders with quantitative outcome based data.
• It covers 13 ports that handle around 67 per cent of India’s maritime trade.
• The study was carried out through the engagement of 700 respondents pan India comprising government officials, trade associations, exporter/importers, cargo handling agents and freight forwarders.
• The extent of this study is limited only to container and bulk cargo handled at these 13 ports and does not cover liquid cargo.
Findings of the report
• Out of 13 major ports, 3 ports- Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT), Kamarajar Port, Visakhapatnam Port received 'Good’ score.
• Seven ports namely Cochin, Kandla, Paradip, Chennai, Mormugao, New Mangalore and V.O.Chidambaranar Port received ‘Average’ score.
• Remaining 3 ports of Haldia, Kolkata and Mumbai Port Trust received ‘Poor’ score.
• The most common problems across ports are port congestion, customs clearance, shipping line issues & charges, documentation & paperwork and regulatory clearance and out of these 5 issues, just 4 issues constitute 80 per cent of total issues causing detention & demurrage.
• The three major findings of the report are - processes and operations across the ports are not uniform; costs and time for key processes are unpredictable; and several undertaken government initiatives need to be followed through to completion.