Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) registered substantial progress on two key productivity parameters in the month of June 2018.
JNPT – which handles the majority of India’s container freight – in July for the first time achieved over 40 percent share of its volume via direct port delivery (DPD). JNPT in July also increased its rail volume to almost 15 percent – an improvement after prolonged declines.
Port statistics collected by JOC.com show the port handled 58,376 TEU of imports via DPD during the month, out of total import volume of 143,699 TEU, representing a 41.6 percent DPD share. Moreover, that’s a 12 percent increase from June, when DPD volume was 52,050 TEU.
Notably, APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India accounted for nearly half of the July DPD volume, transacting 27,540 TEU out of 68,165 TEU in imports. July DPD figures at other terminals were as follows: port-owned Jawaharlal Nehru Container Terminal, at 15,447 TEU out of 37,216 TEU; DP World-operated Nhava Sheva (India) Gateway Terminal, at 11,702 TEU out of 28,605 TEU; and DP World’s flagship Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal, at 3,687 TEU out of 9,713 TEU.
The number of clients using DPD at JNPT has also increased substantially in recent months, thanks to aggressive stakeholder outreach efforts, reaching 1,648 clients in July, officials said.
New Volume High in Rail handling JNPT in July set a new high in rail handling, with volumes hitting 62,976 TEU in July, out of its combined export-import traffic of 429,145 TEU, compared with 55,400 TEU and 402,041 TEU, respectively, in June. Of that, APM Terminals Mumbai contributed 31,559 TEU, versus 25,634 in June, statistics show.
Although the port is still a long way from attaining a Government-desired scale of 25 percent rail share, that modest uptrend – a 1 percentage point gain – from 13.8 percent in June to 14.8 percent last month – is a positive sign, as authorities await regulatory approval for the introduction of a uniform-free storage policy for truck and train freight, offering three days per se, compared with seven days for rail and three days for truck.