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Jawaharlal Nehru Port is India’s top port in export, import dwell time: Chairman

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MUMBAI : Chairman Shri Sanjay Sethi of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority has said, that India’s biggest container gateway, has become the top Indian port on container dwell time for both export and import, per the latest report of NICDC Logistics Data Services (NLDS),.

Dwell time refers to the time a container sits in a port after it is unloaded from a ship till it exits the port after obtaining all permits and clearance and is considered an indicator of efficiency.

NLDS is an equal joint venture between the National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT) and Japan’s NEC Corporation. It seeks to bring visibility and transparency in logistics environment.

“Our import dwell time has reduced to 19 hours, which used to be about 26 hours,” Sethi told a media conference on Friday. “This is a huge improvement,” he said.

On an average, at all other ports in the country including private ports, the import dwell time is above 45 hours.

On the export side, the dwell time at J N Port is 74-75 hours compared to the 120-130 hours taken by other ports.

“On both the indicators, we are the number one,” Sethi pointed out while deflecting a query on whether he would like the import dwell time at J N Port to come down even further.

“Internationally, 18-19 hours is a very good dwell time for imports. I don’t want to look at unrealistic levels. Because, if you look at the best of terminals in the world, anything between 22-23 hours is considered a very good import dwell time. Rather than saying that the 19 hours will become 15 hours, according to me, maintaining the 18-19 hours will be a very challenging thing,” he asserted.

Sethi picked on automaton to play the “biggest part” in the port’s focus on maintaining the import dwell time at 18-19 hours. “Technology can be used more and more and better; we are still not optimising it,” he said.

“When we get into an analysis of how technology is being used, for instance, if gate automation is done in a certain way, can there be something more where we can save a few minutes,” he said.

Technology, he said, is a continuous process of improvement. “We have taken up a big program of smart ports, which basically relates to how technology can be used in various points that contribute to reducing the dwell time,” he said.

The concept of dwell time should be extended up to the end user.

“End-to-end logistics should be the main target when we look at ports in a real sense, not just saying that my responsibility is over once the container exits the port. For the end user and for the economy, that is what we should be looking at. When we are talking of real-time container tracking, that is what technology is. So, I think, technology would be the main game changer,” Sethi added.

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