JNPT initiatives help to improve dwell time

JNPT initiatives help to improve dwell time
Jawaharlal Nehru Port

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has improved significantly upon its dwell time, reducing its import dwell time from 55.55 hours in 2018-2019 to 37.33 hours in 2019-2020 (until January).

On top of this, JNPT has seen a 33% reduction in road dwell time and a 45% reduction in rail dwell time.

Shri Sanjay Sethi, IAS, chairman, JNPT, added: “These results have been achieved due to the consistent efforts by the port through the three-pronged approach: improvement of infrastructure, simplification of processes and digitisation of activities.”

Under its ‘Ease of Doing Business’ plan, the port has implemented various initiatives that fall into these categories.

JNPT introduced Direct Port Delivery (DPD) and Direct Port Entry (DPE) facilities, aiming to speed up the delivery of import and export containers and to reduce the cost of transaction.

DPE was created exclusively for exporters to bring in their export containers directly to the port instead of routing it through CFS.

An initiative to save time and cost for the EXIM community, Inter Terminal movement of Tractor Trailers (ITT), was also introduced.

In the three years since the commencement of ITT, it has reduced the load off from the road, removing congestion and lowering logistics costs.

The Inter Terminal Rail Handling Operation initiative introduced in August 2019 has further streamlined the movement of rail containers between the terminals.

As part of its digital initiatives, HNPT has replaced manual form 13/form 11 with e-forms in order to simplify the entry of containers in the terminals.

It has also introduced a radio frequency identification based gate automation system that has reduced the gate transaction time from 10 minutes to one minute as well as providing a high security profile.

Likewise, JNPT was the first to introduce container tracking in India and has implemented other digital aspects such as e-delivery orders, a mobile app and upgrading its old Navis system with Navis’ N4 terminal operating system.

An upgraded version of PCS was launched to enable all stakeholders to exchange data and transactions on the PCS 1x platform in real-time.

This has reduced the time and overall cost for documentary and border compliance for imports and exports by eliminating unnecessary duplication of activities on different portals.

Under its improvement of infrastructure initiatives, JNPT has created parking yards with a custom processing zone for undocumented export containers for all the terminals at the port.

This ensures that only containers that have received approval from customs and are fully documented can proceed to the terminal gate and has helped to ease traffic in the approach road.

On top of the existing parking areas, the port is developing a centralised 45 ha parking plaza for 1,538 in order to provide a parking facility for trucks carrying export containers.

This will also enable completion of pre-gate entry formalities and documentation for export under one window system.

Facilities for the custom documentation system, banking, a cafeteria and many others will be available within the parking plaza.

The system aims to reduce congestion of packed container trucks on JNPT roads and to help the respective terminals to plan their terminal tractor movements better.

Office spaces have been allotted to FSSAI, animal quarantine, plant quarantine, textile commission and drug control.

Zinka Logistics Solutions Pvt. Ltd (BlackBuck) has been roped in to operate an e-market transport solutions platform to help eliminate efficiencies.

The platform is designed to reduce empty trailer movements between the port and CFSs, reduce empty container movements in the hinterland and also to lower truck idling time for fleet owners.