logistics sector will get infrastructure status soon says senior official

Ladakh, India - October 12,2012: Colorful trucks on the mountain road between Manali and Leh October 12, 2012 in Ladakh, India.

Vastavam web: The logistics sector will soon get the infrastructure status, which would help the segment raise funds at competitive rates and boost external trade, a senior government official said.The proposal mooted by the commerce ministry has been approved by the finance ministry, the official said, adding “a notification in this regard would be issued soon”.

Logistics, as per the commerce ministry’s definition, includes industrial parks, warehouses, cold storages and transportation.This status would help the sector get credit at competitive rates and on long term basis as logistics costs impact global competitiveness of exporters.

Realising the importance of logistics sector to promote trade, the government has created a separate special secretary level post in the commerce ministry to coordinate with all the concerned ministries and departments.Exporters too have time and again demanded a specific department to deal with the issues related to logistics.

Logistics costs of exports are very high in the country, making Indian goods less competitive in global markets.

According to a report, about 14 per cent of the total value of goods goes into the logistics cost while in other major economies it is just 6-8 per cent.