Exporters from Southern
and Western Tamil Nadu 8 February 2019 charged the state owned Container Corporation
of India with levying fifty per cent additional charges for movement of
containers to the ports which is seriously crippling their competitiveness in
the international market.
India can achieve the export target only if the
operational and Logistical movement of EXIM cargo is ensured.
The exporters from
Tirupur, Coimbatore, Erode and Madurai are paying almost fifty per cent
additional freight charges to move their cargo to the ports as the container
operators load charges for transport of return empty containers Dr M Rafeeque
Ahmed Past President of FIEO said while welcoming the delegates for the cargo
connect an event held by FIEO at Coimbatore held on February eighth.
The container operators
levied these additional charges on the exporters even though there is scope for
utilization of domestic cargo by empty containers from the ports. He called for
various policy changes so that the logistics industry can be more efficient and
cost effectively. He said India can achieve the export target only if
operational and logistical movement of EXIM cargo is ensured
He also highlighted
various issues which effecting the growth of costal shipping includes lack of Transshipment
facilities and other infrastructure.
He said the recent
initiative of Government of India towards more investment in critical
infra-structure creation and Make in India program will help the country to
enter into new generation global value chain related manufacturing arena.
The One day Cargo Connect
Conclave organized by FIEO and India sea trade at Coimbatore discussed the
issues of exporters and importers towards joining in the global value chain eco
system. India can take advantages and
become global manufacturing hub only if logistic eco system which supports Just
in time delivery schedules needed is being promised by providing integrated
multimodal transport system.
While opportunities are
expected by benefiting taking advantages of regional trade agreements
including RCEP can be materialized only if India can promise efficient and
smart logistic facilities means which facilitates movement of raw materials,
semi-finished products consumables and finishes products across the region
which should be efficient faster, cost effective and also predictable .
While delivering Key-note
address, Chief Commissioner of Customs Mr.Ranjan Kumar Routray said that
department of customs has undertaken several trade facilitation measures which
improved the dwell time needed for clearance of export and import cargo
He also highlighted
various initiatives taken by his dept which includes single window interface
for facilitation trade, AEO, DPD. E –Seal, RFID based cargo tracking system
which improved efficiency of movement of cargo.
With all these
facilitation measured the countries ranking in crossing the borders have
reached to 35 and we expect that with further improvement in coming months
India could reach the ranking between10 to 15.
The session discussed various logistic issues which is
hindering the growth of the business and the need for having more investment in
the region of logistic sector, which will help the region to become global
The experts discussed in the conclave focused on South
India Maritime Sector; Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward, Last Mile Connectivity Challenges, Efficiency of Outbound Logistics, Logistics Scenario – Global Trend and Local
Market, Shippers and Service Providers perspective and derive ways for a
collective and integrated approach that would enhance performance value in the
logistics network and greater economic success to the region.
The Conclave was attended
by more than 300 delegates including exporters, importers and logistics
providers representatives from various ports in the southern region. The
session drew up a road map for logistic requirement and employment
opportunities for the region by 2020.