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Container cargo handling at India’s major ports fell by about 25 per cent during April-August amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to ports body IPA data

Container cargo in terms of TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit) at India’s 12 government owned major ports dropped 25 per cent to 3.25 million in the the April-August period of the current fiscal, showed the latest data from the Indian Ports’ Association (IPA).

Container cargo declined 22.45 per cent to 49.26 million tonnes (MT) in terms of tonnnage during the period.

These ports had handled containers to the tune of 4.34 million TEUs and 63.53 MT in terms of tonnage in the April-August period of the previous financial year.

The IPA, which maintains cargo data handled by these ports, in its latest report said “percentage variation from the previous year” in container handling in terms of TEUs and tonnage was 25.01 per cent and 22.45 per cent, respectively.

Cargo throughput witnessing 5-8 per cent contraction and container segment dropping 12-15 per cent for 2020-21

 

While general cargo throughput may witness 5-8 per cent contraction for the full year 2020-21, the container segment may drop 12-15 per cent, according to a latest report froj the rating agency ICRA

These ports have registered 16.56 per cent dip in cargo handling to 245.04 MT between April and August this fiscal. Cargo volumes at these ports declined for the fifth straight month in August 2020 and all ports barring Mormugao saw a negative growth. The 12 ports had together handled 293.67 MT of cargo during April-August 2018-19.

Ports like Chennai, Cochin and Kamrajar saw their cargo volumes nosedive about 30 per cent during April-August, while JNPT and Kolkata logged a drop of over 20 per cent.

Major ports handle about 61 per cent of the country’s total cargo traffic

India has 12 major ports under the control of the central government — Deendayal (erstwhile Kandla), Mumbai, JNPT, Mormugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Kamarajar (earlier Ennore), V O Chidambarnar Tuticorin, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia).

These ports handle about 61 per cent of the country’s total cargo traffic. These ports handled 705 MT of cargo last fiscal.

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