The volume of containers handled by major ports in India declined 4.56 percent year-over-year in the first two months of fiscal year 2013-14, the Indian Ports Association said in a statement.
April-May container volume totaled 1.24 million 20-foot-equivalent units, compared with 1.3 million TEUs in the same period in 2012-13. Containerized cargo tonnage slipped 7.5 percent to 18.8 million tons from 20.3 million tons the year before.
Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva), the country’s top container port, handled 695,000 TEUs, a decline of 5 percent from 731,000 TEUs in the same period last fiscal year.
Traffic at Chennai port totaled 244,000 TEUs, a year-over-year decline of 7 percent.
Kolkata port handled 91,000 TEUs, down from 98,000 TEUs. Tuticorin port’s volume increased to 79,000 TEUs from 71,000 TEUs.
Cochin port, which received a boost in March when Israeli carrier Zim Integrated Shipping Services started calling at the Vallarpadam terminal with its Asia-Med-Europe (AME) Service, moved 55,000 TEUs, up from 53,000 TEUs.
The Indian Ports Association said cargo tonnage at major ports in April and May totaled 91.5 million tons, down 2.75 percent year-over-year.
Kandla was the top cargo handler with throughput of 15.4 million tons, followed by Paradip, 11.5 million tons; Nehru, 10.4 million tons; Visakhapatnam, 10 million tons; Mumbai, 8.7 million tons; and Chennai, 8.4 million tons.
Major ports’ cargo throughput in fiscal year 2012-13, which ended March 31, was 545.68 million tons, off 2.6 percent from 2011-12, with container traffic staying relatively flat, at 7.71 million TEUs.