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JN Port becomes first in India to tag containers

Steve Rogerson
July 27, 2016



Jawaharlal Nehru Port has becomes first port in India to implement the logistic data bank tagging of containers. The aim is to help importers and exporters track their goods in transit through a logistics data bank service.
 
With help from Japanese company NEC, the logistics data bank service will track the containers via a web portal on a near real-time basis using RFID technology while containers are being transported through railways and lorries on major highways.
 
An RFID tag will be attached to each container and this will be tracked through RFID readers installed at different locations. This provides the visibility and transparency by covering the entire movement of containers over rail or road.
 
The service will integrate the information available with various agencies across the supply chain to provide detailed real-time information in a single window. The plan is to increase service coverage on a continual basis starting with JN Port this month.
 
Once the deployment is completed, it should help reduce the overall lead time of the container movement across the western corridor and lower the transaction costs incurred by the shippers and consignees.
 
The Tariff Authority at Major Ports (TAMP) has authorised JN Port to collect a mandatory user charge of Rs125 excluding service tax for all the containers entering and exiting the three port terminals for the logistics data bank project from 2016 to 2017 and to increase the rate by Rs10 per container in the next two years. The fee will be collected for all the containers entering and exiting from the three port terminals.
 
An MoU for setting up the tagging of containers was signed with Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC). A joint venture has been formed between DMIC Trust and NEC to provide the service.