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National Logistics Plan aims to facilitate smoother cargo movement, reduce costs


An integrated National Logistics Plan is currently under preparation by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and is likely to be unveiled in about a year, it is learnt.


Taking a long-term perspective up to 2035, the plan is billed as a demand projection and alleviation exercise that aims to get a firm idea of the logistics requirements of the various players by that time and outline solutions. For this, the views of stakeholders such as the logistics-using Ministries like Fertilisers, Petroleum, Food, Steel, Mineral, Mines, Food Processing, etc. as also private players in the space, exporters and importers are being sought, Mr Anant Swarup, Joint Secretary, Logistics, in the Ministry said at an event in Kolkata.


Based on the survey to ascertain the infrastructure needs, the Ministry of Commerce would be asking the logistics service providing Ministries like Railways, Roads, Shipping and Civil Aviation to align their respective plans with the national integrated logistic plan.


The ultimate aim is to bring down logistics costs, for which the Commerce Ministry is also looking at working with the states to simplify and standardise the documents for logistics, especially those for exports and imports.


Towards this end, among other things, the Ministry has commenced a study to measure the dwell time at ports for vessels as well as cargo, and also intends to develop an integrated logistics portal that would be a single window for getting clearances from all the regulatory authorities, besides being an e-marketplace for logistics, reports said.


Source: Exim News Service - New Delhi, Jan. 11


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