Microsoft, in collaboration with Kale Logistics, has developed a platform that enables the digital transformation of Tuticorin Port and a major all-weather port in India. Powered by Microsoft Azure, the digitization of the Tuticorin Port has helped reduce documentation, digitally streamline the movement and also considerably reduce carbon emissions by 75%, making Tuticorin Port one of the first ports in India to completely digitally transform and automate its operations and processes.
Kale Logistics has developed India’s first Container Digital Exchange Platform – CODEX, powered by Microsoft Azure. The port handles over 34 million tonnes of cargo every year and among 1,350 vessels, more than 550 container vessels berth at the port every year, offloading and on loading as many as 1,568 containers.
The adoption of CODEX has unlocked many industry-first benefits for Tuticorin Port which have not been experienced by any other port in India. For instance, the trucks with containers don’t have to carry multiple documents to enter the port, which has drastically cut down the time spent by every truck. This enabled them to cut down their fuel consumption from 15 liters to just 8 liters. Every truck which used to enter had to go through as many as 10 different stakeholders, each of which had different documentation processes that would go on to have as many as 40 documents, more than 100 annexure copies, and 120 signatures. CODEX provided a digital gate pass for containers – a single digital document that was mapped to individual containers via a barcode—that was accessible to every stakeholder to view and fill. As a container moved from one checkpoint to the other, a combination of desktop systems, mobile apps and scanners would ensure that the information from the digital gate pass is directly read.
With overwhelming results and feedback from all the stakeholders, Kale Logistics integrated the GST refund system into CODEX. GST refunds filed through CODEX had an accuracy of about 95% which made it easier to get approved. Consequently, the returns were processed faster, and funds started flowing in less than a week instead of taking three months or more. Quick IGST refund, live container track and trace mechanism, seamless container movement and high transparency add to the nation’s image in terms of ease of doing business.
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