Shipping ministry launches national logistics portal-marine for smooth sea trade

The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways with an aim all trade stakeholders together and reducing the cost of logistics through real-time mapping and provisioning  on Friday launched a single window platform called the national logistics portal–marine (NLP-M).

“NLP will be a single window for all trade processes of the logistics sector spread across the country covering all modes of transport in the waterways, roadways, and airways along with an E-marketplace to provide a seamless end-to-end logistic service coverage,” the ministry said.

The platform aims to minimise regulatory complexities by centralising all necessary documentation, compliance certifications, and formal procedures necessary for the EXIM trade. A similar single window portal was also launched by the commerce ministry in 2021 with an aim of establishing businesses.

The NLP-M is based on four core tenets — carrier, cargo, banking and finance, and regulatory bodies and Participating Government Agencies (PGAs). Digitisation in trade can help eliminate many logistics obstacles, said The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Developed by Portall Infosystems, with Ernst & Young as the project management consulting firm, NLP-M will replace the port community system (PCS) which is currently being used by ports for logistics mapping.

Union minister for ports shipping and waterways Sarbananda Sonowal said that the platform is a step forward towards achieving the goals envisaged in the PM Gati-Shakti National Master Plan, which aims to synergise logistics and eliminate duplication of efforts.

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