© Alexei Novikov

CMA CGM is trying to take the lead in paperless operations in India as the industry increasingly embraces technology to keep pace with changing business dynamics.

The French liner will soon deploy a “digital transfer system” in Inland Container Depots (ICDs) across northern India, starting with Tughlakabad and Dadri.

“CMA CGM India has taken the first step to digitize the process of requesting customers for a Rail Expedition Note,” the company said. The Loadstar.

“Customers will now be able to upload all documents online and receive a digital rail waybill without having to visit a CMA CGM office.”

Tughlakabad and Dadri are the busiest ICDs in North India, part of the network of the state-owned container rail company Container Corporation of India (Concor). The next phase of this digitization program will include other DCIs in the region.

The carrier claimed that with the commissioning of the digital mode, which includes alignment with Concor’s processes, customers in the North Indian hinterland would see improved turnaround times for documentation. linked to rail and greater fluidity in the overall commercial flow.

CMA CGM (India) added, “The digital waybill shall be available through the ODex platform and be available to all registered ODeX users.”

ODeX is an import-export shipping documentation service provider.

“To ensure minimal impact on day-to-day operations, we will operate a parallel regime during the first two weeks of implementation and thereafter we will gradually move towards full adoption of the digital shipping note. (except for refrigerated shipments, for which the existing process will continue until further notice),” he said.

CMA CGM is a major liner operator on traffics to/from India, with a group network of 20 offices, more than 5,000 employees, access to more than 50 inland locations, as well as 14 weekly services on mainlines via seven gateways and seven feeder ports across the country. The group also has a joint venture with the national port conglomerate Adani Group for terminal operations in the port of Mundra.

As real-time or near real-time cargo visibility has become a key priority for cargo interests amid growing competitive challenges, all carriers serving Indian trade have actively pursued digital advancements, both onshore and offshore. , to increase service levels.

In parallel, the Government of India has set up an advanced port community system to connect all transport/logistics players under an integrated one-stop-shop platform, dubbed PCS1x, as part of a wider effort to create more transparency in supply chain management.

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