India opts for a hi-tech solution to empty box crisis at main ports


Credit JNPT.

As equipment availability continues to remain tight, Indian logistics leaders are pulling out all the stops to restore equilibrium in an unbalanced market.

The latest move is a digital play to counter carriers’ persistent reluctance to share data on empties.

Officials have begun working to install RFID [radio-frequency identification]-enabled tools across container storage yards in and around Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (Nhava Sheva) and Mundra Port to track box turnarounds.

Equipment data visibility became a challenge for authorities after the Container Shipping Lines Association (CSLA) – the lobby group representing foreign carriers in India – turned down requests for information on yard inventory levels.

Officials said NICDC Logistics Data Services, which…

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