The delay in clearance is preventing ships from entering our harbours and thus affecting revenue, said R. Jagadeesh, Professor, S.D.M Institute of Management, Mysore, on Monday.

He was participating in a seminar on “Challenges of Supply Chain Management in 21st centaury,” jointly organised by the Shri Dharmastala Manjunatheshwara College of Business Management and the Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Mr. Jagadeesh said the delays leading to preventing ships from entering the country's harbours came to light during the study of time taken by ships at harbours of various countries. Mr. Jagadeesh said he was one of the members of the study team headed by Professor Mark Gershon from The Fox School in the US.

Mr. Jagadeesh said there would be loss for a ship if it was blocked at the harbour for more than three days. He said the study showed that elaborate paper work and delayed response of officials held up the ship for a long time at the harbour. He said government should prevent the delay.

The supply chain management formed an important aspect of a company. Apart from looking at the supply chain and the end users' requirement, it involved looking into aspects such as reverse flow. “Our textbooks do not speak much about this reverse flow and cost involved in it, which is really high,” Mr. Jagadeesh said.

He referred to an instance of closure of a textile firm in Mysore that was not able to withstand the loss resulting from the return of a load of readymade jackets.

B.R. Ananthan, Vice-Chancellor of Rani Channamma Univeristy; K.S. Koppikar, Chairman of Indian Institute of Materials Management; and Lata Kini, president of Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry, spoke.

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