The Indian Ports Association reported container throughput at major ports fell about 4 percent year-over-year in April, the first month of fiscal year 2013-14.
According to the latest provisional figures, the 12 state-owned ports handled 614,000 20-foot-equivalent units, down from 639,000 TEUs in the same month last year.
Volume at the Port of Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva), which accounts for nearly 60 percent of India’s total containerized cargo, was estimated at 351,000 TEUs, a decline of 4 percent compared with 365,000 TEUs in April 2012. “The preliminary figures are not encouraging, but we expect a gradual turnaround in the coming months,” a port official said.
The Port of Chennai moved 120,000 TEUs, down from 126,000 TEUs. Box traffic at the Port of Tuticorin increased to 38,000 TEUs from 34,000 TEUs.
Kolkata Port handled 44,000 TEUs, down from 48,000 TEUs. Tuticorin’s volume dropped to 34,000 TEUs from 39,000 TEUs. Traffic via the Vallarpadam Terminal in Cochin Port rose to 26,000 TEUs from 24,000 TEUs.
The IPA said total cargo tonnage at major ports slumped 6.2 percent in April to 43.5 million tons from 46.4 million tons a year earlier.
Kandla Port was as the top cargo handler, with throughput of 7.1 million tons, followed by Paradip, at 5.8 million tons; Nehru, at 5.2 million tons; Visakhapatnam, at 4.7 million tons; Chennai, at 4.3 million tons; and Mumbai, at 3.8 million tons.
Indian major ports handled 545.68 million tons of cargo in fiscal year 2012-13, declining 2.6 percent from 2011-12, while container traffic remained relatively flat, at 7.71 million TEUs.