Indian Delegation Visit to Germany for Knowledge Exchange on Freight and Logistics

A boost for the Indian logistics ecosystem

With the launch of National Logistics Policy of India in 2022, India is taking leapfrog measures to improve it’s logistics ecosystem to bring down costs, improve efficiencies and make supply chain more geener.

A visit of the Indian delegation was organised to Germany, a country known for its powerful and efficient logistic. The aim was to foster knowledge exchange with policymakers, premier industry experts, academia on cutting edge digital solutions, planning, development, and operations of green, integrated, and multimodal freight transport systems.

The delegation comprised of 10 government officers and was lead by Ms. Sumita Dawra, Special Secretary (Logistics), Department for Promtion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and included members participating from various ministries working on transport and logistics Infrastructure in India such as Ministry of Railways (MoR); Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH); Ministry of Port Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW); Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA); Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

Intresting insights into German freight and logistics

The visit lasted seven days from 7-13 May 2023 and was planned around the Annual Transport Logistic – International Exhibition for logistics, mobility, IT & supply chain management at the Trade Fair Center, Messe München.

During the visit the delegation participated at:

  1. Meetings with German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV)
  2. Site exposure visits were organised to i) Hamburg Port ; ii) Lufthansa Air Cargo facility at Munich Airport and iii) Bayernhafen Regensburg Freight Village
  3. Interactive session was scheduled with Kuhne Logistics University
  4. Visit to Transport Logistics – International Exhibition, during which one-on-one discussion were held with major logistics industry players such as DHL, Rhenus SE & Co. KG, DSV Air & Sea Germany GmBH, Maersk Deutschland, GEODIS CL, Schenker AG, Fraunhofer-IML, DAKOSY, Cargo Support and Duisport
  5. Ms. Sumita Dawra, Special Secretary (Logistics), was invited as a speaker on for a panel discussion on “Logistics in Emerging Markets – Opportunities and Challenges” at Transport Logistics Exhibition, where she spoke about the on-going work in India as per the National Logistics Policy and PM GatiShakti National Master Plan and the challenges and opportunities in the same. 

Overall, the delegation was extremely happy with the visit and will take the new insights and knowledge into their work in India.

The Climate Friendly Freight Transport in India (Green Freight) project is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in close collaboration with the Logistics Division, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Government of India.

India Study Tour at Hamburger Hafen © Avni Mehta GIZ

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