Container throughput at major ports in India grew 1 percent during the April-January period compared with a year earlier, the Indian Ports Association said in a statement on Monday.
Consolidated volume for the first 10 months of fiscal 2009-10 was estimated at 5.7 million 20-foot equivalent units, up from 5.6 million TEUs in the year-ago period.
The latest data indicates that the volume recovery will accelerate in the coming months amid signs of a significant turnaround in the country’s foreign trade. India’s exports rose for the third consecutive month in January on a year-on-year basis, surging 11.5 percent to $14.34 billion from $12.9 billion.
Among the 12 gateway hubs, Chennai, Kolkata and Cochin reported modest gains from April through January. Volume at Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva), India’s largest container port, was just about flat with the year before.
The 12 major ports handled 463 million tons of cargo during the ten-month period, up 6 percent from 437 million tons in the same period in fiscal 2008-09.
Kandla was the top cargo handler with throughput of 66 million tons.