APM Terminals Mumbai has embraced ‘Direct Port Delivery’ (DPD) service initiated by the Indian government as part of its “Ease of Doing Business Program” to enhance India’s access to the global logistics chain. APM Terminals Mumbai currently handles the highest Direct Port Delivery volumes at JNPT and is among the Top 30 worldwide with a 2015 throughput of 4.48 million TEUs.
In the first two quarters of FY 2016-17, the number of Indian importers utilising the pro-active, customer-centered service at APM Terminals Mumbai tripled, with half of these being small and medium enterprises with less than 100 TEUs per month.
“We are committed to support ‘ease of doing business’ initiative the Government of India has championed. We were among the first terminal operators in India to offer Direct Port Delivery service in 2006 and since then have continued to support the reforms and initiatives of the Indian Ministry of Shipping and JNP, as well as the Jawaharlal Nehru Customs House,” stated APM Terminals Mumbai CEO Kamal Jain.
“We have introduced several trade-friendly services ourselves as well to improve ease of doing business. This includes initiatives such as Paperless Transaction, delivery of import cargo within six hours of vessel discharge, RFID tracking, Inter-terminal transfer through virtual gates, integrated rail sidings and improved gate turnaround times. We are working closely with customers to introduce other new services as well,” added APM Terminals Mumbai COO, Ravi Gaitonde.
To enable greater efficiencies in the overall transportation and logistics supply chain, the Indian Central Board of Excise and Customs, merged the ‘Accredited Client Program’ with the recently introduced ‘Authorized Economic Operator’ program. This resulted into extension of the DPD service to small and medium scale importers, who account for a significant portion of India’s world-leading GDP growth of 7.6% in 2016.