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Container trade picks up in West and East coast

India’s major ports in July saw their total container throughput rise 5 per cent year on year to 752,000 Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU), a growth which was led by Mumbai's Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). Facing severe competition from Private ports, Chennai port bounced back handling 1,33,000 TEUS a growth of six per cent.

JNPT handled 4,01,923 TEU in July, up by  5.4 per cent compared to the same month a year earlier.

The growth comes despite the disruption from monsoon weather and the Maersk Group cyber attack. Those gains are more impressive since APM Terminals Mumbai handles 40 per cent of the cargo was crippled at the start of July because of the cyber attack.

Officials at APMT Mumbai said the terminal operations were back to normal, but trade updates from transportation companies say that congestion and long truck lines remain.

The cyber attack and monsoon weather led to a 2.5 per cent fall in July throughput at the largest terminal in the public harbour, while its rivals, with the exception of DP World's Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal, increased volumes year on year.

Elsewhere in India, throughput at the Chennai port in July rose 6 per cent year on year to 133,000 TEU, reflecting that productivity efforts to regain cargo lost to nearby private rivals are paying off.

July volumes at other major container ports were as follows: Kolkata, flat at 65,000 TEU; VO Chidambaranar Port, Tuticorin  to 58,000 TEU; Cochin, or DP World-operated Vallarpadam Terminal, up 8 per cent to 41,000 TEU; and Visakhapatnam, down 6 per cent to 32,000 TEU.


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