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
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.