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JNPT becomes first Indian port to implement logistics data tagging of containers

The Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) at Nhava Sheva in Raigad District of Maharashtra has become the first port in India to implement logistics data bank tagging system of containers.

The first of its kind system has been launched as part of ‘Ease of Doing Business’ initiatives implemented at JNPT Port. It focuses on document, time and cost reduction for the benefit of trade.

Key Facts

  • Under this system, a RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Tag) tag will be attached to each container. It will help to track containers through RIFD readers installed at different locations.
  • The RFID would provide the visibility and transparency of the exporters/importers (EXIM) container movement.
  • It will cover the entire movement of containers through rail or road to the ICDs (Inland Container Depot) and CFSs (Container Freight Station).
  • The system will integrate the information available with various agencies across the supply chain in order to provide detailed real time information within a single window.
  • The first of its kind facility will help exporters/importers track their goods in transit through logistics data bank service.
  • It will also help in reducing the overall lead time of the container movement across the western corridor and also lower the transaction costs incurred by shippers and consignees.

About Radio-frequency identification (RFID)

  • The RFID uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. It is one used for Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC).
  • The RFID tags contain electronically stored information. Unlike a barcode, the tag need not be within the line of sight (LoS) of the reader, so it can be easily embedded in the tracked object.

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