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National logistics policy to boost easing of doing business, cut transportation cost: IndustryNational logistics policy to boost easing of doing business, cut transportation cost: Industry

Oct 12, 2022

NEW DELHI: The National Logistics Policy, unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi , will further help in improving ease of doing business and significantly reducing transportation cost, according to the Indian industry. 

The policy seeks to address challenges facing the transport sector and bring down the logistics cost of businesses from 13-14 per cent of the GDP to a single digit in the coming years. 

"Reduced logistics cost and increased logistic efficiencies will energise the economy across sectors in multiple ways and take us many steps closer to emerging as a global manufacturing powerhouse," CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said in a statement. 

He said that besides improving ease of doing business, it would help in ensuring speedier and seamless movement of cargo and people across modes of transport -- water, air, roads, railways. 

Sharing similar views, Assocham said that the policy will substantially reduce transaction costs across the supply chain. 

"Enabled by different technologies, the policy focuses on unified measures across different logistics modes, including roads, rail, ports, airports and warehousing, that will give a decisive edge to ease of doing business in India," the chamber said. 

Jagannarayan Padmanabhan, Director and Practice Leader-Transport and Logistics, CRISIL, said that this is a holistic effort to increase the efficiencies of all aspects of the logistics value chain. 

Over the past five fiscals, the government has invested close to Rs 15 lakh crore in augmenting hard infrastructure such as roads, rail, ports and airports, he said. 

"Its right implementation and widespread adoption will help structurally reduce logistics costs and make a material difference to the growth of India's manufacturing and services sectors," Padmanabhan said. 

Arindam Guha, Leader & partner, Government & Public Sector, Deloitte, India, said that the policy represents a set of continuing initiatives aimed at making India's logistics sector more cost competitive, environment friendly, formalised, transparent, with reduced and predictable delivery timelines. 

He added that some of the key pillars of the policy include ensuring quality logistics infrastructure, with special emphasis on first- and last-mile connectivity; and use of digital technologies and analytics through initiatives like the Unified Logistics Interface Platform to match demand and supply. 

"The policy is expected to facilitate a modal shift in logistics from the current over dependence on roads (over 60 per cent share currently as against 25 per cent globally) to railways (30 per cent currently) and waterways (only 5 per cent currently), thereby reducing average logistics costs as well as carbon footprint," he added. 

It is also expected to lead to a significant improvement in India's ranking in global studies like the World Bank's Logistics Performance Index, where India was ranked 47 out of 160 countries in 2018, Guha said. 

Vinod Aggarwal, President, SIAM and Managing Director and CEO at VE Commercial Vehicles, said, "It is an extremely vital step taken by the government that will boost the growth of the automobile sector as the policy focuses on building superior infrastructure like 35 Multi-Modal Logistics Hubs, which will promote seamless transportation of goods.” 

It is expected that this policy will reduce the transit time and logistics cost for manufacturers and improve the competitiveness of Indian goods in international markets, thereby helping our exports, he said. 

The development of an integrated and efficient logistics ecosystem is a crucial enabler for India to become a USD 5 trillion economy and improve trade competitiveness. 

As India looks to modernize infrastructure and supply chains, it's evident that technology is the key to unifying all involved stakeholders and to help manage complexity better, said Kami Viswanathan, Senior Vice President for Middle East India Subcontinent and Africa operations at FedEx Express. 

“The National Logistics Policy (NLP) comes as a big boost for the sector, as it aimsto promote seamless movement of goods across India and potentially could lead to a reduction in the cost of logistics and accelerate GDP growth,” said Mahindra Logistics Ltd Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Rampraveen Swaminathan. 

The enhanced focus of the policy on enhancing human capital and operating standards are welcome initiatives to increase formalisation of the sector, he said and emphasised that the policy will further have a positive impact on the nation's supply chain and help to augment warehousing capacity, and take products closer to the consumption points. 

"The launch of NLP will bring transparency through digital integration in addition to boosting speed and efficiency. It will enable fast-paced logistics infrastructure development,better coordination among multiple stakeholders, simplify processes and documentation and boost last-mile connectivity,” said Shashi Kiran Shetty - Founder and Chairman - Allcargo Group. 

With an ambitious goal to bring down logistics costs by up to 25 per cent, this could lead to a paradigm shift in the logistics industry in India and will boost India's export competitiveness in the global market, he added. 

Anil Verma, Executive Director and President, Godrej &Boyce said, “The Policy isa crucial step for efficient supply-side management and reducing logistic coststo global standards of about 10 per cent. 

It will provide the much-needed filip to export growth allowing Indian manufacturers to expand footprints globally,he said, adding that he Gatishakti Vishwavidyalaya will bolster employment opportunities, laying emphasis on skill enhancement across the logistics valuechain. 

While the focus on improved road infrastructure and highways is appreciable and a single interface as well as drones are immediate needs of the future, ZETs or Zero Emission Trucks and associated charging infrastructure need focus as well, According to Imthiaz,Co-founder-CEO, inter-city trucking platform Raaho. 

With its focus on connecting the hinterlands, this in turn, will ensure return loads and lower dead miles as supply and demand come together in a transparent marketplace across India, hestated. 

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