JNPT is coming up with a dry port at Jalna in Aurangabad district. The port authorities acquired 185 hectares of land at a cost of around Rs 88 crore. A Dry Port is port facility outside a sea-coast port area. It presents tremendous potential towards value addition and ensuring traffic to a designated port. It allows shippers to undertake consolidation and distribution activities as well as complete export/import procedures at inland locations that are at relatively short distances from farms and factories. Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari has recently laid the foundation of the Dry port project. The Shipping Minister said the JN Port is the first Major Port in the country to have the facility of Dry Port of its own. Dry Port facilities at Jalna will be a game changer for industries in Maharashtra. Dry Port may cater to a number of activities currently being carried out at JNPT. It would have a direct impact on improvement on port performance and lead to overall operational efficiency. The Dry Port will comprise of some Customs Bonded area where from all export and import cargo can be handled. The area will have all Customs facilities and industrialist can complete their custom formalities at their doorstep. They need not go to port area for further documentation and other formalities.