APM Terminals Mumbai, which loads the majority of the freight passing through Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, has moved a step further with its gate automation drive, allowing faster truck turnarounds at India’s biggest, public container gateway.
The private operator, also known as Gateway Terminals India, on Monday announced it set up an “online import delivery process” in an effort to reduce wait times for drayage and ease congestion at the terminal entrance.
The new, gate-out process follows on the heels of APMT Mumbai introducing a similar paperless procedure at its in-gates for export cargo.
“By going live with the import delivery cycle, APM Terminals Mumbai has once again become a pioneer in providing transparency in the supply chain and ease of doing business,” the company said.
“The feedback received from our CFS (container freight station) members is very encouraging and the system is user-friendly,” a representative of the Container Freight Stations Association of India said, in response to the new, paperless system.
Trade updates show cargo operations at JNPT have picked up significant speed following the introduction of electronic gate processes. APMT Mumbai earlier told JOC.com that the terminal gates are now handling 2,700 truck moves per day, compared with a previous peak level of 2,300 vehicles, with daily gate transactions reaching an average of 4,500 20-foot-equivalent units, peaking at up to 5,900 TEUs, from a previous level of 3,500 TEUs per day.
DP World-operated Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal has also begun processing gate permits electronically for both export and import drayage activities. As a result, the gate cycle time has dropped to six minutes and the gate transaction time shrank from two minutes to 30 seconds, according to a previous advisory issued by DP World Nhava Sheva.
In addition, customs authorities at Nhava Sheva earlier this month lifted a procedure requiring truckers to present gate-in permits issued electronically in hard copy form for export cargo.
JNPT accounts for roughly 60 percent of the containers handled at India’s 12 major, state-owned ports and about 40 percent of the nation’s overall containerized ocean trade. The west coast port handled 4.48 million TEUs during 2015, with APMT Mumbai contributing 1.91 million TEUs, or 43 percent of overall port throughput, according to statistics compiled by JOC.com.
Source : joc.com