Indian container port Nhava Sheva (Jawaharlal Nehru) said trucks carrying export containers “without proper documents” are causing congestion and long delays in receiving and shipping cargo.
The port authority’s statement follows a meeting with stakeholders to identify measurers to tackle truck congestion in the harbor and on roadways serving the terminals.
“The parking of trucks carrying undocumented export containers on approach roads to the port terminals, mainly to APM Terminals, was found to be one of the main causes of congestion,” the authority said.
Port chairman L. Radhakrishanan said stakeholders at the meeting agreed to streamline the truck flow by preventing vehicles without shipping documents from entering the queue.
“This will also help expedite the movement of container yard-stuffed export containers and empty trailers bound for the terminals to pick up either empty or loaded boxes on the return leg without hindrance,” the port said.
APM Mumbai is one of three container-handling facilities in Nhava Sheva Port, which accounts for more than half of India’s total containerized traffic. According to port sources, cumulative volume for 2012 was estimated at about 4.25 million 20-foot-equivalent units, a slight decrease from 4.3 million TEUs in 2011.