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Unified Cargo Tracking App for seamless logistics to be launched for tracking cargo across sea, land & air

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NEW DELHI : Indian Government will soon be able to track live movement of its cargo across all transportation modes-land, rail, sea and air-through a single app. More than 700 companies have signed up on the app to be launched soon by the government.

An official involved in the project unveiled the details, stating, “A track and trace app is being developed wherein we will be able to track the movement of trucks, trains, and air couriers. This will empower private companies to monitor their shipments efficiently.”

A diverse array of companies engaged in courier services, logistics, shipping, and manufacturing have eagerly embraced this innovative tracking solution. Spearheaded by the National Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (NICDC), the app promises to revolutionize cargo monitoring.

The app operates on a specific tracking code system, providing an unparalleled level of visibility into the movement of consignments. This groundbreaking technology not only enhances the reliability of truck movements but also facilitates real-time visibility of vehicles.

India, which already boasts a Unified Logistics Interface Platform (ULIP) under the National Logistics Policy, is taking a giant leap forward by integrating 35 digital systems from various ministries, including goods and services tax. The increased visibility afforded by tracking mechanisms contributes to a reduction in lead time for the overall import-export cycle, resulting in lower inventory carrying costs and improved management of empty containers.

In tandem with this, the government is also actively pursuing the ‘uberisation’ of trucks to optimize their usage and decrease the movement of empty vehicles. An official explained, “The idea is to locate empty trucks or containers within a 50 km radius, enhancing logistical efficiency.” A proof of concept has already been successfully demonstrated, showcasing the potential of this forward-looking strategy.

The overarching objective is to curtail the movement of empty trucks and trailers, thereby reducing operational and maintenance costs. These initiatives are integral to India’s broader plan to bring down logistics costs to 5-6% of the country’s gross domestic product. Estimates from the National Council of Applied Economic Research indicate that these costs were in the range of 7.8-8.9% in FY22. Furthermore, the government aspires to elevate India’s ranking in the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index from its current position at 38th to below 25, underscoring its commitment to fostering a world-class logistics ecosystem.

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