In keeping with the plans of the Shipping Ministry to develop a National Logistics Portal (Marine), the Indian Ports Association has invited bids for design, development, integration, implementation, operation and maintenance of the National Logistics Portal (Marine) Version 1.0.
The Centre is now working towards building a national maritime single window known as National Logistics Portal (NLP-Marine) encompassing complete end-to-end logistics solutions. The plan is to scale up the current Port Community System (PCS 1x) to create NLP-Marine through upgradation and strengthening of the platform.
The idea behind the creation of the Portal is to be of benefit exporters, importers and service providers. It will work as a single platform for the primary activities of importers, exporters and customs brokers. Be it domestic tracking of the shipment with notifications ,online transaction with custodians, remote electronic data interchange (EDI) system package for Bill of Entry and Shipping Bill checklist plus EDI file generation and document management system to store important documents securely on cloud storage.
It is also primed to provide real-time information of activities that are generally not within the reach of the importer, exporter, customs broker, including vessel-related information, terminal gate and container freight station (CFS) gate transactions.
It will also enable digital transaction for payments required for the clearance process of import and export like CFS charges, shipping line charges, transportation charges, etc.
In addition to this, it will also facilitate paperless transactions as all stakeholders such as CFS and shipping lines can exchange digital documents over the platform.
The platform seeks to popularise digital entrepreneurship by providing robust digital ecosystem on which multiple latch-on can be built.
As of now, work is still on progress for the development of the portal. At present, IPA is focusing on collating land related information from the 12 ports.
As an apex body of Major Ports under Administrative Control of Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India, the Indian Ports Association (IPA) has become the latest member to be added to the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA).