Cargo volume at major ports in India surged 5.68 percent in fiscal 2009-10 compared with a year earlier, the Indian Ports Association said in a statement on Tuesday.
Consolidated throughput for the fiscal year ended March 31 was estimated at 560.7 million tons, up from 530.5 million tons in 2008-09.
The IPA data indicates that among the 12 gateway hubs, seven reported significant gains in overall traffic movements.
Kandla emerged as the top cargo handler for the third year in a row with throughput of 79.5 million tons.
Total container traffic increased 4.32 percent to 6.87 million 20-foot equivalent units from 6.59 million TEUs, despite the slump in global trade particularly during the first half of the year.
The Port of Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva), India's largest container gateway, reported its highest-ever annual throughput of 4.06 million TEUs, up 2.8 percent from 3.95 million TEUs the previous year.
Volume improvements come as the Shipping Ministry plans to augment the overall port capacity to 1 billion tons by 2012, from about 575 million tons now, under a seven-year National Maritime Development Program started in 2005. Based on current projections, major ports are expected to handle about 800 million tons of cargo by 2014-15.