How do you see the growth potential of Chennai port in the light of stiff
competition from Katupalli, Kamarajar and Krishnapatnam ports? From being the
only port for South India two decades ago, Chennai port has three ports in the
vicinity scouting for cargo from the same hinterland.
Chennai port authorities should eliminate the very thought of competition from
neighboring ports. Industrial activity is bound to grow in this region so also
the exports and imports. There has been a periodical growth in cargo volumes of
all the ports in the region
port should concentrate on improving the infrastructure, connectivity and
strengthening its marketing team. Due to political reasons an excellent Port
connectivity project like Maduravoyal Elevated Corridor project got
indefinitely delayed. The project which should have been implemented on a war
footing is moving at snailís pace. Chennai port authorities, National highway
authority and the Tamil Nadu government should work in tandem and get the
project executed within a two years. The project would provide Oxygen to
we have a Chairman at the Chennai Port who is pro active and is taking various
initiatives to bring back the lost cargo to the port.
Indian ports need more cargo and not increase in their numbers said an official
of a container terminal recently. What is your take on his contention?
I do not agree with the contention that India does not need more ports. The
government is creating new ports with a vision to serve the EXIM trade for the
next fifty years. Terminal operators should step up their performance.
Indian ports put together handle 75 per cent of the containers handled at the
Chinese port of Shanghai. What is the outlook for the Indian Port Industry since
the country is seen as an emerging market after China?
Ans) Shanghai port has geographical advantages
since it is situated at the gateway of Pacific and Indian Oceans. Ninety per
cent of the cargo handled at the port is through transshipment business. We
should not see Shanghai and Hong Kong ports as our role models.
Business in Indian ports should be conducted in healthy terms for our trade.
The government is taking active steps to bring down the logistics costs and
this would go a long way in improving the trade volumes.
No new port has taken off in the last four years. Colachel port is stuck due to
fishermen agitations. The new ports planned at Maharashtra, West Bengal and
Andhra Pradesh have not taken off. What needs to be done to make Colachel
transshipment terminal a success unlike the failure of Vallarpadam Terminal
ANS) The livelihood problems of fishermen
operating in the area should be taken into account before port is set up. You
donít deprive livelihood of one lakh fishermen to create livelihood and
development by setting up a port.
Will the completion of the Elevated Corridor Project from Chennai Port to
Maduravoyal, Multimodal Logistics Park at Jolarpet and Satellite Port project
at Puducherry improve the volumes of Chennai port ?
Besides increasing the volumes of Chennai port, these projects would go a long
way to Industrialize the state of Tamil Nadu.
summary of the Interview of Shri S.Nataraja, CCHBA)
Customs house has seen a transformation in the last two years from being an
tough enforcement agency to a trade facilitator since the implementation o the
east of doing business by the government of India. But the concept of being a
trade facilitator has not percolated to the lower level of the Customs
officers like Chief Commissioners and their deputies go by the thinking of the
government and initiate lot of trade friendly measures. But this does not get
reflected in the lower level of bureaucracy at preventive, appraising or
examining officers. Hence trade still continues to face lot of issues at the
ground level notwithstanding friendly attitude of the government.
trade has sorted out technological glitches since the implementation of Goods
and Service tax last July through periodic meetings with the customs officers.
The EXIM trade in Chennai has listed the issues in a note submitted to the
Customs house. He expressed confidence that all issues concerning technology
will be sorted out in a week or two.
Customs house brokers are not fully equipped to handle digitization of cargo
handling operations introduced by the Custom houses all over the country
Regular training programs are being conducted in collaboration with Federation
of Freight Forwarders Association the apex body of the customs house brokers
seventy per cent of cargo continued to be handled by the Container Freight
stations despite full-fledged operation of the Direct Port Delivery at Chennai
Port last month. (March 2018) Hence the
belief that CFS will go out of business with the introduction of direct port
delivery system by the Port is not correct. The CFS will do well to create more
covered space near their premises as value addition ware housing service to the
and the Railways have to be pro active and provide more services to the East
coast ports which are functioning at fifty per cent of their capacity. Neither
CONCOR nor Railways improve their freight services to the east coast ports nor
would they allow private players to operate in the sector.
should also rework their freight rates in order to compete with the road
transport which corner most of the handling operations.
of insisting on return cargo to start freight services to a town, CONCOR should
commence promotion services to Guntur, Hyderbad, Nagpur, Hosur, Tirupur and
Coimbatore from Chennai port. It should also improve its marketing team.
Solutions are in their hands but they must have the inclination to implement
vessels have pulled out of East coast port since private terminal operators are
not cooperating in ensuring that they stick the scheduled provided by them.
Number of main line vessels calling at east coast ports has come down
drastically in the last ten years. Another reasons why they are not coming here
is the lack of cargo. Shipping Corporation of Indiaís move for aggregation of
east coast portís cargo at Tuticorin port would go a long way to attract
port will take up the ambitious transshipment operators shortly as the customs
are all set to give clearance for this project. If this trial operation at
Chennai port succeeds, it will be extended to Tuticorin port as well.
shipping service will not successful unless end to end solutions to cargo
movement are found. The trade will like to see their cargo reach the
destination in a timely cost effective manner.
of worrying about completion from the neighboring ports Chennai port would do
well to improve the infrastructure, connectivity and strengthen its marketing
team. The Elevated corridor project to Madhuravoyal project should be taken up
on a war footing since it provided oxygen to the port. The project
unfortunately is moving at snailís pace.)