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  • The evolving trade dynamics and commodity mix have fuelled growth in the container segment. Container traffic at ports has risen steadily to 15 million TEUs in 2017-18 as compared to about 10.4 million TEUs in 2013-14. Major ports have lost a significant share of their container traffic to non-major ports. The share of non-major ports stood at 39 per cent in 2017-18, up from 29 per cent in 2013-14.

  • The segment has witnessed noteworthy developments in the recent past. The relaxation of the Cabotage Law to allow foreign flagship vessels to transport vessels between domestic ports is being seen as a major game changer. Meanwhile, the introduction of the Direct Port Delivery (DPD) Scheme, release of guidelines for chartering of ships by providing right of first refusal (RoFR) to ships built in India, movement of container vessels though national waterways, and priority berthing for coastal vessels at ports will lead to efficiency gains and increase the container traffic handled at ports.

  • However, ports continue to grapple with issues related to high tariffs and transshipment costs, dependence on rail and road for cargo evacuation, inadequate draught, congestion, etc. In a bid to partially address these issues, port operators are introducing automation and new technologies to promote ease of doing business and fast-track container movement. The past one year has also witnessed significant container capacity addition at VOC, JNPT, Kamarajar and Deendayal ports.

  • With the transition towards finished and semi-finished goods in the trade basket and the launch of a series of government initiatives, container traffic in India is expected to increase to 30 million TEUs by 2024-25. That said, there is a huge potential in the cost-effective modes of transport, such as coastal shipping and inland water transport (IWT).

  • With regard to railways, the share of containers in total traffic is 4-5 per cent. Indian Railways (IR) has announced a number of initiatives to increase this share. These include the expansion of the freight basket, introduction of a double-stack dwarf container service for domestic cargo through a new delivery model, and cancellation of the port congestion surcharge. The commissioning of the dedicated freight corridor will further boost container movement on railways.

  • Overall, the increased container demand will also drive the demand for specialised logistics infrastructure such as ICDs, CFSs, warehouses, multimodal logistics parks and free trade warehousing zones (FTWZs).

  • The mission of this conference is to discuss the key trends and developments in the container infrastructure and logistics segments, analyse the impact of recent government initiatives, examine the key challenges and showcase new projects, relevant technologies and equipment solutions. The conference will also provide a platform to industry players and government officials to share their experience and exchange ideas.
 
       
 
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