Category Archives: Shipping

Transworld Group launches WhatsApp service for customers

To provide quick and efficient services to their customers, Transworld Group has launched WhatsApp service for their customers. The features include real-time push notifications of shipment journey and two-way communication—AI-enabled Chatbot—where the users can interact with bot and get real-time details on their mobile. Ritesh S. Ramakrishnan, Joint Managing Director, Transworld Group, highlights, “To serve our customers more efficiently, we have officially launched our WhatsApp for Business Services. We are focusing on a simple and reliable communication channel but at the same time quick, rich conversational customer experiences, which we are offering through WhatsApp and AI-based two-way communication—Chatbot. This will include an on-demand, real-time and personalised customer interaction for notifications related to booking, container release, shipment status right from pick-up to delivery, an end-to-end update on your shipment digitally and at any time.”

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DP World’s ‘India-UAE Bridge’ initiative set to attract bilateral trade

DP World has launched the ‘India-UAE Bridge’ to attract India trade and investments to its Jebel Ali Port and Jafza by offering end-to-end solutions to companies and entrepreneurs. The initiative is set to attract trade and investments for both Indian and the UAE, as DP World offers technology-driven end-to-end (e2e) smarter trade solutions to Indian trade fraternity. The India-UAE Bridge is strategically designed to facilitate trade integration capabilities of global trade enabler DP World’s portfolio of over 150 operations in over 40 countries across six continents. The e2e solutions delivered under the India-UAE Bridge will support investors through value propositions by leveraging assets and capabilities in both countries.

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Mangoes shipped from Mumbai to London in 3 weeks by Maersk

Maersk Line has completed its first successful shipment of mangoes from Nhava Sheva in Mumbai, to Felixstowe, London. Bombay Exports shipped 21 tonnes of Kesar and Badami mangoes within a period of three weeks through Maersk’s reefer containers that use advance Remote Container Management (RCM) technology. Controlled Atmosphere (CA) is one of the offerings which helps in extending the shelf life of perishable fruits and vegetables by slowing down their ripening process. With this innovative offering, perishable goods, which otherwise required airfreight solutions, can now be shipped. Steve Felder, Managing Director, Maersk South Asia, said, “With the difficulties in airfreight in the current scenario, approximately 200 metric tonnes of air exports of fruits and other perishables are being impacted every week, leading to a huge loss of produce. Furthermore, a strong demand for mangoes in European markets, provided us with a chance to leverage our superior technology in preserving refrigerated (reefer) cargo.

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India’s inland waterway used to ship 1000 MT cargo from Bhutan to Bangladesh

Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge) and Chemical & Fertilizers, digitally flagged-off a ship of the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), carrying stone from Bhutan to be delivered in Bangladesh. Till now, Bhutan has been exporting significant quantity of stone aggregates to Bangladesh through the land route. The ship is carrying 1000 MT of stones – 70 trucks would be required to transport the same cargo by road. Mandaviya said, “The move will be beneficial to India as well as Bhutan and Bangladesh and strengthen relations between the neighbouring countries. He said transport of cargo through this route will cut short travel time by 8-10 days and reduce transportation cost by 30 per cent. It will also be a more environment friendly mode of transport.”

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Cargo transportation on waterways rose from 55.2 mt in 2016 to 72.31 mt in 2018-19

“111 National Waterways are being developed in phased manner for the purpose of shipping and navigation, informed Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) and Chemical & Fertilizers in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha. The Minister informed that cargo transportation on waterways rose to 72.31 million tonnes (mt) in the year 2018-19, from 55.20 mt in 2016-17 and 55.03 mt in 2017-18. To increase the use of inland waterways and coastal shipping for greater cargo shipment, initiatives taken by the government include providing assured depth of water in the channels, navigation aids like GPS and River Information System, terminals at regular intervals, facilities for mechanized handling of cargo handling etc.

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Budget prepares the roadmap for a new India based on inclusive growth: FIEO

Commenting on the Union Budget, Sharad Kumar Saraf, President, FIEO said, “The budget addresses some of the basic challenges faced by manufacturing as well as exports including flow of credit, infrastructure bottlenecks, labour laws, skilling, etc. The export credit declined by 22 per cent as on December 31, 2018 compared to the same period in 2017. Rs.70,000 crore allocated to PSU banks will ease the flow of credit. The interest subvention of 2 per cent given to MSME as well as payment platform for bill filing for MSME will help in flow of credit at competitive cost. The investment of Rs 100 lakh crore in infrastructure in next five years through Bharatmala, Sagarmala, Jal Marg Vikas Project will help in improving logistics, reducing transportation cost and increasing competitiveness.” “The PMMSY for the robust fisheries management framework will give a push to marine exports from the country in which India has emerged as the largest exporter though huge untapped potential still exists. The support given to GI products and artisans to showcase in global markets will provide much needed exposure to them paving the way for further exports. Focus on clusters in bamboo, honey and khadi will not only create huge employment opportunity but will also give a push to their exports,” he adds.

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Budget aims at reducing logistics cost with focus on multimodal: FFFAI

Believing the Budget 2019-20 as an ongoing task reiterating the commitments that the NDA Government has set in its vision document, S Ramakrishna, Chairman, FFFAI, says, “It is commendable the new Finance Minister presented a pragmatic Budget aiming to reach the US$ 5 trillion economy in the next few years, with required emphasis and focus on infrastructure, multimodal connectivity and logistics operation. Significantly, the government has decided to create and promote inland waterways and allied infrastructure to reduce logistics cost and boost greener environment.” It is heartening to note that after recently launched multimodal terminal at Varanasi, more similar terminals will be completed at Sahibganj and Haldia and a navigational lock will be created at Farakka by 2019-20 FY. We will be expecting more such terminals in North East India as well, like strengthening the existing terminal in Pandu (Guwahati) and new one in Jogighopa which is very strategic region from foreign trade’s perspective utilizing effective multimodal connectivity with special thrush on waterways. It would be very crucial to expedite international cargo movement to Bangladesh and beyond. Also, it is commendable the Finance Minister emphasized on resolving all litigations on fast track basis to facilitate trade and commerce. Commenting on the focus given by government to MSMEs, Ramakrishna, says, “Since predominantly we are from MSME sector, this funding would be a great boost for us.”

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River and national highway network in focus in Union Budget 2019-20

“India is set to become a $3 trillion economy this year and it is well within its capacity to reach the $5 trillion economy by 2024,” says Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister, Government of India, while presenting the annual Budget. The Budget says that the government will examine steps to hike FDI cap in aviation. Government envisions using river for cargo transportation which will also decongest roads and railways. “The movement of cargo on Ganga is estimated to rise four times in four years,” informs Sitharaman. GST processes will also get simplified further. The government has given massive push for physical infrastructure too. 125,000 km of road to be upgraded over next five years at a cost of Rs 802.5 billion. To ensure the creation of National Highways Grid of desirable capacity, comprehensive restructuring of National Highways Programme will be done. Railway infrastructure would need an investment of Rs 50 lakh crore between 2018 and 2030; PPP to be used to unleash faster development and delivery of passenger freight services, says Finance Minister. “Will simplify procedures, reduce red tape, make best use of tech,” says Sitharaman, in adding, “Building social infrastructure, digital India, Pollution-free India and Make in India are government vision.”

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Indian export growth driven by the Middle East and China: Maersk India

“India’s containerised exports with the world witnessed a stable growth of six per cent in the first quarter of 2019 propelled by robust performances in refrigerated cargo, engineering and pharmaceutical sectors, while imports declined slightly in the same quarter registering a market growth of -2.2 per cent in Q1,” states the Maersk India Trade Report Q1 2019. The import demand was buoyed by pharmaceuticals, metal, appliances and kitchenware, paper, chemicals and fruit & nuts, mainly from northern Europe, South Asia, China, and Russia. Exports were driven largely by the East and West of India, which contributed double digits to the growth, with commodities like plastic, rubber, textile, vehicles, and vegetables as the key drivers. Steve Felder, Managing Director, Maersk South Asia, said, “Considering the tensions in the global trade environment, we are off to a positive start to 2019 on exports, and the market is expected to strengthen. Indian exporters today are expanding their geographical range and product diversification, with a visible shift towards higher value-added manufacturing and technology-driven items. Exports have remained strong even as the rupee appreciated against the dollar, which shows a strong demand for Indian exports.”

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Mansukh L Mandaviya appointed Minister of State for Shipping in new cabinet

Mansukh L Mandaviya has been appointed as Minister of State, Ministry of Shipping and Minister of State, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilisers. The former Minister of State in charge of road transport and highways, shipping, and chemicals and fertilisers, has been a familiar sight in the last five years. Mandaviya is a Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat. He has also been member of various parliamentary committees such as that of the petroleum and natural gas, chemicals and fertilisers, Select Committee of Rajya Sabha on the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill 2013, and National Welfare Board for Seafarers.

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