Ministry of Commerce

                  The Commerce Ministry is working on a proposal to set up a separate logistics unit to deal with the issues, including rising costs, that are impacting global competitiveness of exporters.

                 There is no single department or ministry at present to look at all the aspects related to logistics covering various modes of shipment such as sea, roads and railways.

                  According to sources, the proposal is under discussion with the ministries concerned. Exporters too have demanded for a specific department to deal with the issues related to logistics. They are undertaking a study to look at issues like shortcomings in logistics and ways to address that.

                  A trade expert said that an umbrella body would help coordinate all aspects of logistics, which is currently managed by different departments. To increase the logistics competitiveness of exporters, the Commerce Ministry has also suggested to the Railways Ministry that it needs to clearly distinguish between consignments for exports, imports and the general category in terms of freight rates.

                  Logistics costs of exports are very high in India and due to this, Indian goods are less competitive in the global markets. In India, the container transport is heavily inclined in favour of roads due to high freight rates of railway, unpredictable and unreliable scheduling of freight trains, and poor last-mile connectivity.

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