AP well positioned for logistics Hub: Krishna Bhai Kotak

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    JM Baxi Group  Chairman Mr Krishna B Kotak recently highlighted the vital role location plays in creating a logistics hub. He said that Andhra Pradesh has all the distinct features for becoming a Logistics hub of the Country.
    Mentioning about export of various food products, he said that Andhra Pradesh produces eighty percent of ingredients required for preparing masalas which need to be exported from Andhra Pradesh Ports. In this connection, he said that there is a need to create great volumes of business and develop required infrastructure at Ports in Andhra Pradesh. This would help to create Andhra Pradesh as gateway to export of various products from the state, he added. Mr Kotak was speaking at a conference on logistics organized by the CII Visakhapatnam chapter. 
   Addressing the Inaugural Session of the Conference Dr D K Srinivas, IRS, Principal Commissioner, Customs said that the Union Government constituted a Trade Facilitation Council to address logistics bottlenecks for accelerating growth and reducing transportation cost. He felt that logistics could be improved by implementing digitization.
He emphasized that there is a need to have an integrated approach to port handling facilities by involving all stakeholders. Referring to Government procedures, there has been standardization of rules followed by customs at ports.
    In his address VPT Deputy Chairman, Mr P L Haranadh, IRTS, said that when economy grows the logistics sector would also grow and contributes to creation of more employment opportunities. In order to address the infrastructure bottlenecks at Ports, Government of India launched Sagaramala initiative. He felt that there is a need for faster evacuation of goods at Ports for transhipment of more goods.Illustrating about various modes of transport, Mr Haranadh emphasized on need for supple-menting Road ways, railways with Seaports. In order to reduce logistics cost he suggested to develop coastal shipping in the State. He advocated for better customer experience to attract more business for the ports.
CII Andhra Pradesh State Council Chairman,  Mr Vijay Naidu Galla, opined that building required infrastructure is essential for promoting growth in logistics sector.

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