Container cargo handling at India’s major ports fell about 25 per cent during April-August amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Indian Ports’ Association (IPA) data.
In terms of tonnage, the container cargo declined 22.45 per cent to 49.26 million tonnes (MT) during the period.These ports had handled containers to the tune of 4.34 million TEUs and 63.53 MT in terms of tonnage in the April-August period of the previous financial year.
The IPA, which maintains cargo data handled by these ports, in its latest report said “percentage variation from the previous year” in container handling in terms of TEUs and tonnage was 25.01 per cent and 22.45 per cent, respectively.
Ports like Chennai, Cochin and Kamrajar saw their cargo volumes nosedive about 30 per cent during April-August, while JNPT and Kolkata logged a drop of over 20 per cent.
India has 12 major ports under the control of the central government, handling about 61 per cent of the country’s total cargo traffic — Deendayal (erstwhile Kandla), Mumbai, JNPT, Mormugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Kamarajar (earlier Ennore), V O Chidambarnar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia).