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Sharp reduction in cargo handled by the Ports in Andhra Pradesh

The Ports in Andhra Pradesh have witnessed sharp reduction in cargo handling both in exports and imports during the first five months of current financial year due to slump in international market and the national policy on coal cargo. Cargo shipments have been hit hard by the weak global economic scenario.

Although the target for cargo volume for ports in Andhra Pradesh this year has been set at 79.96 million metric tonnes (MMT) as against last year’s target of 69.6 MMT, the five ports in the southern state have achieved hardly 27.693 MMT in volume of cargo handled in exports and imports.

Krishnapatnam Port handled 13.781 Million Metric Tons, out of its target of 43 MMT. Gangavaram Port handled 8.46 MMT, out of its target of 18 MMT; Kakinada Deep Water Port 4.398 MMT, out of 15.48 MMT; Kakinada Anchorage Port 0.729 MMT, out of 2.5 MMT; and Ravva Port 0.327 MMT, out of 1 MMT of target.

Mr.Koya Praveen, Director of Ports said that “Exports and imports of cargos through Andhra Pradesh ports have been poor due to economic slowdown and other reasons.” There was however a marginal increase in cargo volumes handled by these ports during July and August.

Mr Dantu Surya Rao, Cocanada Chamber of Commerce chairman, said the NDA government has imposed some restrictions on coal cargo especially imports from other countries, which is a source of major revenue to some of these ports. Due to the national policy, coal and iron ore cargos have fallen drastically.

Meanwhile, the Director of Ports of the state government has introduced an Online system for clearances in all the ports in the state. The shippers now resort to manual mode to conduct transactions in the port and this delays the process for handling import and exports for ships.

If there is delay in getting clearances, the user bears the cost of delay in shipments. All the transactions in the ports in Andhra Pradesh have been made on line so that shipping trade could get clearances without hassles.

 


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