Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and Antwerp Port Authority organized a Knowledge Session on “Gateways for trade between the India-Europe corridors” today at Hotel Marriott, Indore in association with Associated Global Logistics Pvt. Ltd.
The session focused on the role of ports in international trade and supply chain ecosystem, innovations impacting the sector and the various initiatives to be undertaken for a seamless gateway to customers trading via ocean between the India-Europe corridors.
While addressing the delegates at the knowledge session, Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, JNPT said, “At JNPT, we benchmark our services against the best ports in the world and are constantly evolving to meet the demands of the global market. Indore is a significant market for us, therefore connectivity from here is extremely significant for and it will further increase the market economy of Indore and Madhya Pradesh. The EXIM community in Indore can now take advantage of JNPT’s facilities to trade across the world. This will definitely open up an opportunity for enhancing cargo generation between Indore and JNPort.”
Indore is connected with JNPT through rail, CONCOR connects traffic of ICD Pithampur and Ratlam at JNPort and Distribution Logistics Infra Pvt. Ltd. connects traffic of ICD Dhannad at JN Port. The trade fraternity in Madhya Pradesh can take advantage of JNPT’s facilities and will also boost the trade volumes from Indore to the global markets.
The Port of Antwerp positioned itself as unique gateway offering the best possible combination of efficiency and cost to customers in Europe. The Port’s unique DNA of cargo handling-logistics-industry, smooth customs procedures, unique services such as fiscal representation, value-added logistics offered at the Port premises and excellent Port connectivity to the European hinterland & worldwide reinforced the case.
To meet the increasing demand from EXIM trade, JNPT is constantly upgrading its capabilities to offer cost-effective integrated logistics solutions, through infrastructure expansion plans and implementation of several ‘Ease of Doing Business’ initiatives. These steps include gate automation, an inter-terminal transfer system linking all terminals, Direct Port Delivery (DPD) services helping faster delivery of import consignments at reduced costs, creation of logistics data bank to track the movement of containers and introduction of new tariff incentives for rail cargo to promote modal shift. Trade at Indore can now take benefits of all these going forward.