The Prime Minister’s Office has directed the shipping ministry to increase the share of direct port delivery consignments at Indian ports to 40 per cent by this year end. Under the DPD system, the imported containers are directly delivered to the pre-approved clients instead of waiting at container freight stations for clearance. The Shipping Ministry has identified DPD as one of the primary ways to decongest major ports in the country.
According to Anil Diggikar, Chairman of JNPT, “When a container is at a CFS it costs around Rs.10,000 per day per container on an average for the importer. So if the container lies for 9-10 days at a CFS, the cost goes up to Rs 1 lakh per container. Through DPD this cost can be saved and reduction in inventory, logistics and transaction costs will be an added advantage to the importer.”