India’s premier container gateway- Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has achieved significant improvement in overall Dwell Time, as revealed by Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, (JNPT) yesterday.

“JNPT has achieved significant improvement in overall Dwell Time, especially the import dwell time which has reduced from 55.55 hours in 2018-19 to 37.33 hours in 2019-20, till Jan. Further to this, the road dwell time has seen a reduction of 33% and in rail by 45%. These results have been achieved due to the consistent efforts by the port through three-pronged approach: improvement of infrastructure; simplification of processes and digitization of activities.”

~Sanjay Sethi (IAS), Chairman, JNPT

He divulged the above information while highlighting the various initiatives taken by the port under ‘Ease of doing Business’ at a session.

JNPT has been credited with India improving its ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index, under the ‘Trading across borders’ segment to 68th position from 146 in a span of two years.

The port in order to accelerate the delivery of export/import containers and cut down the cost of transaction has introduced Direct Port Delivery (DPD) and Direct Port Entry (DPE).

DPE is created exclusively for exporters to bring in the export containers directly to port instead of routing it through CFS.

Apart from this, the port has also introduced Inter Terminal movement of Tractor Trailers (ITT) which will save significant amount of time and cost for the EXIM community. The initiative has reduced the load off from the road, further it has led to saving of logistic cost to trade during the 3-year period from commencement besides removing congestion.

Furthermore, the ITRHO (Inter Terminal Rail Handling Operation) introduced in August 2019 has further streamlined the movement of rail containers between the terminals.

With an aim to go digital, JNPT has replaced manual form 13/Form 11 with E-Forms, enabling easy entry of containers in the terminals.

Also, the introduction of Radio Frequency identification (RFID) based Gate Automation System has ensured reduction in the gate transaction time from 10 minutes to 1 minute. JNPT also introduced Container tracking (first time in India), E-Delivery orders, Mobile App, Up-gradation of Navis system with Navis N4 Terminal Operating System.

TO enable all stakeholders to exchange data / transactions on the PCS 1x platform in a real time basis the port launched an upgraded version of PCS.

Under the Improvement of Infrastructure initiatives, JNPT has created parking yards with custom processing zone for undocumented export containers for all terminals of JNPT.

The port has also developed an additional Centralized Parking Plaza in an area of 45 Ha for parking of 1,538 trailers with an objective to provide parking facility for trucks carrying export containers and enable completing pre-gate entry formalities and documentation for export under one window system. Also, in order to bring all regulators near port area, the port has allotted office spaces to FSSAI, Animal Quarantine, Plant quarantine, Textile Commission and Drug Controller.

JNPT has also roped in Zinka Logistics Solutions Pvt. Ltd (BlackBuck) to operate the Transport Solutions with the e-market platform which helps in eliminating inefficiencies by reducing empty trailer movements between port and CFSs, reduce empty container movements in hinterland and also help in reducing the truck idling time for the Fleet Owners and ensure trucks availability to trade.