Category Archives: Shipping

APL launches Asia Subcontinent Express 8 service

The weekly AS8 is set to directly link the South-East Asian economies of Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia with the India Subcontinent markets of India and Pakistan. The AS8 will be characterised by its direct port connectivity from Laem Chabang to Pipavav, Port Qasim and Karachi. With this, shippers with India and Pakistan bound shipments from Thailand will find the AS8 service a faster alternative to relaying cargoes through transhipments. AS8 will start sailing from Laem Chabang on December 16, 2019 with the following port rotation: Laem Chabang-Singapore – Port Klang (North Port) – Port Klang (West Port) – Pipavav – Port Qasim – Karachi.

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JNPT and CONCOR announce weekly scheduled export train from ICD Ludhiana to JN Port

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) along with CONCOR are commencing a weekly scheduled export train from ICD Ludhiana to JN Port to ensure faster evacuation of export containers destined for JNPT. The service also enhances the trade requirement of Ludhiana with the Mumbai. The Ludhiana ICD caters to a vast interior market that includes the states of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Rajasthan. With an extensive network of more than 80 ICDs nationwide, CONCOR commands the bulk of Indian containerized rail transportation.

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Allcargo Logistics acquires controlling stake in Gati

Allcargo Logistics has forayed into the express logistics space by acquiring a controlling stake in Gati. The company has added another domestic service to its portfolio by entering a segment which has been growing exponentially through this transaction. “The exponential rise in cross-border and domestic e-commerce has opened up new markets for traditional express players such as Gati. With Allcargo’s existing strength in the ocean transportation business and Gati’s expertise in land and air transportation, we are now in a unique position to offer our customers a suite of truly multimodal solutions,” comments, Shashi Kiran Shetty, Chairman, Allcargo Logistics. According to a study led by Deloitte in 2018, the express logistics industry is expected to reach Rs48,000 crore (US$ 7 billion) by 2023. This growth will primarily be driven by domestic consumption, shift from unorganised to organised trade, e-commerce (domestic and cross border) and significant demand from the small and medium B2B segment.

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DMICDC launches container tracking service at Paradip and Mormugao Port

DMICDC Logistics Data Services (DLDS) has announced the launch of its container tracking service ‘Logistics Data Bank’ (LDB) at Paradip International Cargo Terminal (PICT) in Odisha and Mormugao Port Trust in Goa. The extension of LDB’s services to India’s eastern corridor and Goa comes after it has tracked 20 million EXIM containers in three years. With an 11-digit tracking code, the container tracking solution helps supply chain operations to reduce the port dwell and transportation time of export and import shipments. LDB is a single-window ICT-based container tracking solution of DLDS currently operational across 24 port terminals in India since it began operations at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in 2016. In 2017 it was extended to Hazira and Mundra ports of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ).

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Allcargo Logistics partners with ONE Line India to boost ex-im service in Nepal

Allcargo Logistics has entered into an agreement with ONE Line India to partner in transiting containers to Nepal from the ports of Kolkata in West Bengal and Vizag in Andhra Pradesh. “Given our global scale and repute on account of being the widest CFS-ICD operators in India, we emerged as the preferred partners for expediting Customs clearance solutions and boosting ONE Line’s ex-im business in Nepal. With an operational presence in Nepal as well as Kolkata, we are also strategically positioned to assist ONE Line in ensuring faster clearance of goods, ensuring speedy last mile delivery services and gaining critical leverage and connectivity to the emerging markets and industrial hubs of Nepal,” says Prakash Tulsiani, CEO – CFS-ICD, Allcargo Logistics.

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Indian customs department to go paperless soon

In order to take the ease of doing business initiatives to next level, customs department is rolling out the concept of faceless assessment of cargo across the country in next few months. The consignments will be assessed by virtual group irrespective of where the Bill of Entry is filed. Baswaraj Nalegave, Commissioner of Customs (City and ICD), Bengaluru, says, “We are moving ahead with the concept of faceless assessment,” in adding, “From now onwards, in a phased manner, we will ensure that the assessment of cargo need not be done at the same place where the Bill of Entry is filed,” he stated. “We have already started the pilot in Bangalore. So, all machinery will be assessed by a virtual group no matter where the Bill of Entry is filed. In Chennai, it’s already being done. It’s a matter of a few months before it is rolled out across the country,” he noted.

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JSW Infrastructure opens iron ore terminal at Paradip Port in Odisha

JSW Infrastructure has announced the commissioning of its new iron ore terminal at Paradip Port in Odisha. The 370 meters’ long terminal with a capacity of 18 MTPA has been developed with a vision to handle capesize vessels for iron ore and pellet exports and can load at a rate of 100,000 metric tonne per day. The high load rate is expected to significantly reduce the pre-berthing delays at Paradip as well as allow incremental cargo flow for the port which is all set to be the largest port in the country. The company has invested approximately Rs 750 crore to establish the new terminal at Paradip.

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DCBA elects S Ramakrishna as President

Delhi Customs Brokers’ Association (DCBA) has elected its new managing committee for the ensuing two years at the 36th annual general meeting held on November 24 in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. The Office Bearers who have been elected are S Ramakrishna (President), Gurvinder Singh (Vice President), Santosh Kumar Choudhary (Hony. Secretary), Rajbir Singh (Hony. Joint Secretary) and Bhim Singh Jain (Hony. Treasurer). Anil K. Mishra, Devendra Singh Bhadoria, Rajiv Kumar Sharma, Rohit Kapoor, Vaneet Aggarwal, Vijay Raghvan G, Vikrant Gogia and Yogesh Kumar have been elected as Managing Committee Members of DCBA. On taking over charges of President, Ramakrishna said that his primary focus would be skill development and training programmes for the benefit of the DCBA members and CB/FF Community. “More emphasis would be put on conducting regular knowledge sessions to make awareness on changing government policies in terms of export/import, increasing digitisation and artificial intelligence,” he adds.

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DP World now connects Nhava Sheva, Chennai and Kochi to Europe and South Africa

Dubai-based DP World has launched two services – MIAX (Middle East–India–Africa Express) and IEX (South India Europe Express) to connect its terminals in Nhava Sheva, Chennai and Kochi with European and South African markets. MIAX will connect Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal (NSICT) with West and South Africa; while the IEX will connect Chennai Container Terminal (CCT) and India Gateway Terminal (IGT) with Europe. Rizwan Soomar, CEO & MD, DP World Subcontinent, said “The launch of IEX and MIAX will create stronger opportunities for EXIM cargo and for Indian manufacturers to cater to global markets.”

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FFFAI meet Shipping Minister to discuss reduction in transaction cost and dwell time

With a view to improve the ease of doing business at grass root level enabling reduction in dwell time in EXIM trade and to discuss strategic and operational issues currently faced by customs broking industry. The office bearers of the Federation of Freight Forwarders Association in India (FFFAI) headed by its Chairman, AV Vijaykumar met with Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Shipping and various other ministry officials in New Delhi. The association presented the issues of customs brokers and freight forwarders before the minister for reduction in transaction cost and dwell time by improving infrastructure at various ports and Inland Container Depots (ICDs); increasing connectivity with ICDs and gateway ports and enhancing costal cargo movement.

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