Cargo traffic in major ports down 1.96 percent to 64.63 tons in June: IPA

Cargo traffic in the country’s major ports fell 1.96 percent year-on-year to 64.63 million tonnes (MT) in June, with seven ports reporting negative growth while five such facilities saw an increase in traffic volume, the report said an official announcement on Tuesday. There are 12 major ports across India which are under the administrative control of the central government.

These 12 ports are Deendayal (Kandla first), Mumbai, JNPT, Mormugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Kamarajar (formerly Ennore), VO Chidambaranar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia).

“In June 2023, major ports handled 64.63 million tonnes of cargo, compared to 65.93 million tonnes in the same period last year. The overall decrease in traffic was 1.96 percent,” the Indian Ports Association (IPA) said in a statement.

Of the seven ports that recorded negative growth in June 2023, the port of VO Chidambaranar recorded a 14.15 percent drop in cargo traffic, according to the IPA, followed by Kamarajar port (9.55 percent drop) and Chennai port (9.55 percent drop). by 8.62 percent).

Cargo traffic at the JNPT fell 8.56 percent in June, Deendayal port down 7.81 percent, Cochin port down 7.32 percent and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee port (including Haldia) recorded a decline of 5.29 percent in June percent, said IPA.

The decline in cargo traffic of coke and other coal, thermal and thermal coal, container tonnage, miscellaneous cargo and other liquids are some of the factors contributing to the decline in cargo traffic across the seven ports, it said.

However, New Mangalore Port saw the maximum cargo growth of 11.26 percent, followed by Mormugao Port at 10.18 percent, Mumbai Port at 8.56 percent, Paradip Port at 8.13 percent and Visakhapatnam Port at 2.88 percent percent, it said.

IPA also said that Paradip port handled the highest volume in June with 11.73 tons and accounted for 18.15 percent of the total cargo traffic, followed by Deendayal port with 10.60 tons and Visakhapatnam port with 7 tons of cargo.

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