Shipping experience in India is still far from being ideal. For decades once a shipper hands over his cargo to a freight forwarder, the shipper neither has control over his shipping cost nor over the delivery time. During the journey of the cargo from the door-step of the shipper, till it reaches the seaport to be loaded onto the desired vessel a series of charges add to his logistics cost, many of which are unaccounted for and even remain unexplained. This lack of transparency in the logistics cost structure and movement of cargo not only makes our exports uncompetitive in the world market, but also keeps India among the top countries with high logistics cost.
Today, customers have become cost conscious and are demanding transparency, visibility and traceability. They expect their shipping experience to be as transparent and simple as ordering a pizza online. But will the logistics industry be able to deliver such a seamless experience to shippers? A beginning has been made by the new breed of digital freight forwarding platforms that have come up, enabling the shipper to control his logistics cost to a certain extent, while being able to monitor movement of his cargo in real-time.
But, the Indian logistics scenario is also marred by a plethora of perennial issues: Road logistics remains fragmented and unorganised. However, a few technology platforms have made a move to bring these single truck owners and shippers on-board to improve the logistics experience.
While DPD was introduced to reduce logistics cost by eliminating unnecessary detention of cargo, but it has been stumped by lack of infrastructure availability. CFS or ICDs which function as processing centres for handling containers do not have adequate infrastructure, as a result the entire supply chain is getting affected.
Indian railways continues to face network congestion and the salvation will be in DFCs offering transit assurance and continuous cargo visibility. India also lacks a proper 3PL service and providing a seamless end-to-end service can bring saving in the cost.
Join us at Containers India 2019 to identify and find solutions to these and many more issues that have been plaguing our logistics scenario.
The seventh edition of Containers India will discuss Reducing the logistics cost, Empowering the shipper, and Digitalising the container supply chain.
Containers India is a market-focused conference, which takes place annually supported by Container Shipping Lines Association (CSLA) This conference is the destination for Indian Container trade bringing together shippers, logistics providers, shipping lines, 3PLs, ports, terminals, CFS/ICDs, MMLPs, Container Train Operators, Multimodal Transport Operators (MTOs), Road Transporters and other key audiences.
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