India is on the verge of developing a unique app on truckers that is aimed to reduce import delivery time in the cargo business. The customs department has come up with the idea and has issued requests for proposal plans on the same from interested parties. The officials have termed it as ‘Uberisation’.
The largest container port in India, the Jawaharlal Nehru Port or Nhava Sheva port, is to mark the commencement of the project. The principal idea behind the formulation of the project is to reduce import delivery time. The government aims to deliver import goods and cargos both at the sea ports and airports, well within 48 hours and 24 hours respectively, by 2020. The plan will be implemented at the other ports too at a later point in time.
This app will be designed in such a way so as to empower the importers as well as the exporters to choose a trucker to deliver goods from ports to warehouses. The project is an extension to the current practice of cutting down on time to achieve the same objective. But it is currently limited to the big importers, and hence the expansion. It will now result into the inclusion of every importer and exporter across the spectrum.
The performance of this unique app will be further complemented by two separate arrangements that are already in place – ‘Direct Port Delivery Facility’ that is tailor-made for the importers and ‘Direct Port Entry’ that is made exclusively for the exporters. With direct port delivery facility, the importers are now able to deliver goods immediately after the cargo arrives. Whilst with direct port entry, the goods are now received right at the port as and when they are to be loaded on a ship, instead of storing them with the freight agents, which was the norm till sometime back. These arrangements together will help to bring down the transaction cost.
The answer to the probability of success of the app lies in the future. Nonetheless, there is not an iota of doubt that the attempt is well-intended and therefore must be appreciated. If in case, the app does work out well, then the entire logistics industry will stand much to gain from it.