Dun & Bradstreet releases 'Port Logistics: Issues & Challenges in India’ report
February 13, 2018

Dun & Bradstreet, a leading provider of international and Indian business information, on February 12, 2018 released the 'Port Logistics: Issues & Challenges in India’ report and handed it over to Union Minister of Commerce & Industry Suresh Prabhu.

The report looks into various roadblocks and suggests policy recommendations to resolve the challenges across ports in India. 


Scope of 'Port Logistics: Issues & Challenges in India’ report
• The report summarizes key issues and challenges faced across ports in India and proposes 60 policy measures to strengthen the ports sector, that represents the bulk of India’s merchandise trade .

• It introduces a ‘Port Performance Index’ to benchmark performance of various ports by combining qualitative perception of stakeholders with quantitative outcome based data.

• It covers 13 ports that handle around 67 per cent of India’s maritime trade. 

• The study was carried out through the engagement of 700 respondents pan India comprising government officials, trade associations, exporter/importers, cargo handling agents and freight forwarders. 

• The extent of this study is limited only to container and bulk cargo handled at these 13 ports and does not cover liquid cargo.


Findings of the report
• Out of 13 major ports, 3 ports- Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT), Kamarajar Port, Visakhapatnam Port received 'Good’ score.

• Seven ports namely Cochin, Kandla, Paradip, Chennai, Mormugao, New Mangalore and V.O.Chidambaranar Port received ‘Average’ score.

• Remaining 3 ports of Haldia, Kolkata and Mumbai Port Trust received ‘Poor’ score.

• The most common problems across ports are port congestion, customs clearance, shipping line issues & charges, documentation & paperwork and regulatory clearance and out of these 5 issues, just 4 issues constitute 80 per cent of total issues causing detention & demurrage.

• The three major findings of the report are - processes and operations across the ports are not uniform; costs and time for key processes are unpredictable; and several undertaken government initiatives need to be followed through to completion.