Commerce Ministry urges port authorities to streamline Cargo clearance

During a meeting on the Logistics Data Bank Project (LDB), chaired by Special Secretary (Logistics) Sumita Dawra, the Commerce and Industry Ministry advised port authorities to streamline procedures for swift cargo clearance, aiming to reduce import and export cargo release timelines. The ministry set targets of 48 hours for sea cargo and 24 hours for air cargo clearance, aligning with the National Committee on Trade Facilitation. 

Officials from various departments and twelve Port Authorities participated in the meeting. The focus was on adopting a comprehensive approach to enhance port productivity, crucial for achieving the ambitious USD 2.5 trillion EXIM target by 2030. Addressing disparities in dwell time among Indian ports and improving key metrics like turnaround time were among the priorities discussed.

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