National Logistics Policy Fueling Growth For Indian Logistics

  • Author:Drishti Dua
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National Logistics Policy: How will it Help Automate the Industry

In his speech on 17th September 2022, the Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi unveiled the National Logistics Policy (NLP) which has been in formation for two years now.

Does this policy hold the potential to totally change our logistics sector?

“The launch of NLP will bring transparency through digital integration in addition to boosting speed and efficiency. It will enable fast-paced logistics infrastructure development, better coordination among multiple stakeholders, simplify processes and documentation and boost last-mile connectivity.” – Shahi Kiran Shetty, founder and chairman- Allcargo Group.

Let us learn the process that has opened the way for NLP to come into action seamlessly.

Transformations and Changes Through the Years

Every type of policy needs to be structured on a strong base. This is why the government dedicated the last eight years to build this foundation.

In the day and age of automation, data is the new currency of exchange. Therefore, one of the major objectives behind all these transformations was to collect proper data on the logistics industry.

Another reason for such rigorous reformation was the need to reduce logistics operations costs. Employment rate also played a major role in these decisions.

While automation in the industry is a sign of positive growth, the government had to ensure it did not take over jobs from citizens. Some of the advantages introduced by the government over the years were:

Indians Plan to bring logistics costs 7% to 8% from 14% of its total GDP

PLI Schemes

The finance minister announced an outlay of INR 1.97 lakh crores for this scheme. Spread across 14 key sectors, it aims to create national manufacturing champions in India. Thus, encouraging foreign brands to set up manufacturing units here, opening new employment opportunities for the logistics industry.

Multi-Modal Logistics Park

The decision to create new logistic parks was a way for the government to solve multiple issues. Such issues include clogged transport networks, a skewed mix of transport modes, and insufficient storage and handling facilities for in-transit commodities. 

Ultimately the reason behind tackling these issues is to lower the logistics cost of the country. The government created a separate database with accessible information about these parks so that businesses do not have to waste resources due to poor storage facilities.

E-way Bill

This is the digitally issued proof of GST payment for goods being transported. It is necessary to have this proof while transporting goods worth more than INR 50,000. 

Thus, drivers do not have to waste time registering and paying taxes for their goods manually, saving a lot of time. It also records the list of goods in the logistics industry, leading to a more open data circulation.


Similar to the previous bill, FASTag is a prepaid service which eliminates the need for paying taxes manually. Instead, the toll is deducted from driver’s cars directly. This also makes travelling on highways much safer than before. ‘Time is money’ as they say. Thus, saving time can ultimately translate to monetary gains as well.

Faceless Custom Assessment

Focusing on simplifying cross-border trade, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) initiated several reform measures. This reduced the time previously wasted on the clearance of goods with automation’s help. Even though a pre-existing automated framework existed for these functions, this reform standardised it. Ultimately, this saved driver a lot of time 

Gati Shakti Master Plan

All the transformations done over the years were finally clubbed under the ‘Gati Shakti’ Master plan introduced under the Union Budget of 2022. 

This budget was the first glimpse India got into the large plans the government had for our logistics sector. Their aim was clear- to bring down the industry’s expenditure from 13-14% of the GDP. In comparison, several developed countries have an expenditure of 6-7% only. 

Several new reforms were announced under this master plan as well, the most prominent one being the Unified Logistics Interface Platform (ULIP). Let us look into the details of this platform:

  • Unified Logistics Interface Platform: ULIP is the interconnection of the IT systems of various union ministries, state departments, governing bodies, and private service providers. This system aids the logistics sector to save time previously spent researching. Instead, all the information related to the transportation sector is accessible via a single portal. 

National Logistics Policy (NLP)

Previous transformations all focused on optimising several different aspects affecting the logistics industry. But with this policy, they have now created a holistic framework meant to help the entire sector not only save expenditure but also grow positively. Announced on 17th September 2022, the policy is set to take off using the runway built through continual transformation.

This policy has expanded the use of ULIP under the Gati Shaki Master plan. It reports that the system receives almost 1500 layers of data in total. Such a positive response alone can reveal the true potential the new policy holds to completely revolutionise our logistics operations.

Some of the most important features newly announced under this policy are:

  • Integration of Data System (IDS): This integrates the data of 30 systems from 7 departments related to the transportation sector into one collective database.The collected information is available to all logistics players, including private businesses. In turn, this unifies document references in the supply chain, enhancing data exchange.
  • Ease of Logistics (ELog): For the government to keep up with the logistics industry, it is very important to introduce a point of direct contact. This is why a portal has been created, namely ELog, for direct communication. It will implement time and resource efficiency, ultimately reducing the cost of operation.
  • System Improvement Group (SIG): All the industry experts have been united under this policy to form a committee. The objective of this policy is to advise the government and aid the decision-making process affecting the logistics industry. This can be a major step to keeping the policy timeless, constantly adapting to the latest trends and needs.

Comprehensive Logistics Action Plan (CLAP)

Comprehensive Logistics Action Plan (CLAP)

“Policy is just a beginning, policy plus performance is equal to progress” – Narendra Modi.

With ambitions of reducing logistics cost and bringing it to par with the global benchmarks by 2030, the government is looking to formulate a data-driven industry. Decisions taken after completely understanding the logistics ecosystem will make the industry much more efficient.

This is why the policy’s main parameters are set to be launched under an action plan. Focusing on harmonisation and standardisation, trade and transport facilities, digitalisation and skill development are central with this policy. Let us see the order of execution and the way this policy can benefit various logistics businesses:

1. Development of Unified Logistics Interface

Interlinking several data sources and developing a cross-sectoral use case for logistics stakeholders is the first step under NLP. It allows a better flow of data for logistics sector players, making it easier to operate. 

To understand this better, let’s assume that a driver has to travel through the highways of three states. How can he keep up with the rules and regulations of each of these states? 

He can then refer to the various databases optimised by the government for such information, making his travel simple and time efficient. This information can also be linked to any vehicle tracking software to allow drivers real-time access to information.

2. EXIM (Export-Import) Logistics Optimisation

Through the development of infrastructure for the logistics industry, the government can also boost the EXIM trade of the country. When huge companies start investing in India for manufacturing due to the PLI scheme, export of the country is bound to boost as well. 

The telematics industry can also benefit from these reforms. It can aid data-driven decisions, making data collection and implementation of reforms easy.

3. Service Improvement Framework

Eliminating fragmentation in documentation is also a major task the government has to overlook. This is why so many data collection processes have been introduced over the years. 

Drivers do not have to worry about wasting time collecting and submitting documents just to carry out their tasks. They can simply upload these documents online. This process also reduces instances of misplaced documents and human error during data storage.

4. Sectoral Plan for Effective Logistics

Under the NLP, the government aims to optimise not just the logistics sector of the country, but also several other sectors affecting this industry as a whole. This is why several of the projects executed over the years included transportation reforms. The building of airports, and enhancing water-way trade were some of the major advancements of this period. 

Moving further, the government will continue this process. Elog is a way that the government can directly collect information on any problems harming the industry’s operations. Only then can they work on improvement.

In the End 

Throughout this blog, we have mapped how data was slowly integrated into the logistics sector. To create a technology-driven operating system, the government laid out a long but secure plan. This plan has fared well for the industry so far. The industry experts have high hopes from NLP as well. 

In a statement, CII Director General Chandran Banerjee said, “Reduced logistics cost and increased logistics efficiencies will energise the economy across sectors in multiple ways and take us many steps closer to emerging as a global manufacturing powerhouse.”

These advancements the government is anticipating in the future rely heavily on data-integrated operation methods. This process can be further simplified via the widespread use of fleet management systems. TrackoBit is a leading player in the market integrated with the best location and geospatial information-driven functions. It is set to transform the way LMD functions currently. So why not stay ahead of new trends and invest in the system right now?

National Logistics Policy Fueling Growth For Indian Logistics

Drishti Dua

Drishti is a budding content professional with a passion for writing and a rich background in literature. But that's not all—she's also an unapologetic superfan of BTS and Taylor Swift! With her literary finesse and infectious enthusiasm for pop culture and K-dramas, she takes you to a world where words, melodies, and captivating narratives collide!

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