A critical element of the National Logistics Policy launched earlier this month is Unified Logistics Interface Platform (ULIP) and members of the Indian logistics and supply chain sector are gearing up to leverage it for its benefits. At least 10 companies, including MapMyIndia, Cargo Exchange, FreightFox, Intugine Technologies, SuperProcure, and Shyplite have recently signed non-disclosure agreements to access data on the ULIP.
Companies with access to ULIP will get information on all modes of transport available to facilitate cargo movement. IT companies involved in logistics can enhance their business by using this facility, officials said.
With all the information available in a digitized and organized manner from across the sector, these tools can incredibly increase efficiency and cut down logistics costs. The ULIP will connect roadways, shipping, MoCA (ACMES, AAICLAS, ACCS), MoRTH (Vahan Saarthi), MEITY (DigiLocker), NPCI (FASTag), Customs (ICEGATE), DGFT (IEC) and NICDC, ensuring seamless flow of information between government agencies and industry players. It will be a platform for stakeholders to manage, offer and track their services while maintaining the ease of doing business.
The NLP is being said to have been made after extensive stakeholder consultation and its implementation will lead to reduced logistics cost, international trade will increase, thereby, increasing prosperity and promoting startups, among other benefits, eventually making India ‘atmanirbhar‘. It will make Indian logistics sector at par with global benchmarks.