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Re-imagining Indian Ports – Through trucking

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India’s shoreline has approximately 13 Major ports and other private ports. With an average throughput capacity of 1.76 cr. TEU’s per annum, it is the gateway for EXIM cargo. With reference to the containerised cargo, the ports ecosystem remains disturbed due to congestion and infrastructure issues which cause a higher dwell time when compared to developed nations.Although this government has taken proactive steps towards measures such as DPD, EDI, Easy gate-in system & other technological measures to improve ease of doing business, we still see a scope of improvement.The fundamental issue lies in demand and supply dynamics of the freight Industry which does a stress test of the ecosystem during peak hours. Also causing fluctuating non-transparent rates to the shippers.CFS being an integral part of the ecosystem has a major role to play in this. The ports boast a majority of percentage as DPD but are primarily transported to CFS as DPD containers due to storage/ clearance challenges.The logistics cost and dwell time can be reduced if the above issues are fundamentally addressed. For instance, what if the Ports themselves incentivised a truck which carries an export with a definite import? Moreover can marketplace platforms use GSTN data to analyse if a truck has a way one loadContainer in itself poses huge advantages mainly for its safety, non theft benefits. But it suffers from revenue perspective for the truckers inability to carry only a way load. They may do cabotage but it still does not recover their cost which is passed on to the end consumer. Can we envision a system which carries an import to a factory and is matched with an export at SEZ locations / Industrial hubs? Or matched with an official cabotage load for fulfilling capacity? Optimum utilisation of trucks, transparency, along with balance in import-export ratio at ports would significantly over a period of time save man-hours spent & cost for importers/exporters and have an equilibrium effect in the port ecosystem. A similar model can be achieved in CFS’s, ICD’s across india through FMLM ( First Mile- Last mile movement). The above can save over 20% man-hours and 10% cost to our end consumers.We, at Gocon have taken up this challenge with great gusto and with our recent technological partnership with KOPT ( Kolkata Port Trust)  aim and intend to solve the above problems and set a new precedent in the trucking industry in ports. 

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