New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) organized a business meet here on January
6 to interact with the Kodagu Chamber of
Commerce and Industry, coffee exporters, coffee curers and logistics service
providers of Madikeri, Kushalnagar, Chikmagalur and Hassan region in the run up
to the forthcoming coffee plucking season.
Major coffee exporters, coffee curers, logistics service providers, members
of the Kodagu Chamber and representatives from the Coffee Board attended the
meet and had a fruitful interaction on routing their cargo through the Port.
Chidvilas, past President of the Kodagu Chamber who welcomed the
gathering asked the participants to
interact with the Port authorities on issues, if any, to be addressed for the
smooth handling of their cargo through New Mangalore Port.
Mr.P. C. Parida, Chairman of the New Mangalore Port while briefing on the
infrastructure additions and the ongoing developmental works at the Port,
called upon the trade to avail of the advantages of New Mangalore Port, which
is just 156 kilometer (km) from Kushalnagar,a major coffeee growing area, for
moving their cargo.
At the interaction, it was highlighted that container traffic is picking up
at the Port in the current financial year (2016-17), reaching 66,848 Twenty
Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) up to December, as against 53,874 TEU in the
corresponding period of the previous year.
The growth rate and the rise in container traffic was attributed to the
increasing frequency of container vessels, enhanced infrastructure like
additional container storage yards, handling equipment, and simplified
documentation procedures in the Port and Customs.