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Corona havoc, only 14 percent of goods arrived at 12 ports in 6 months

Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic, the movement of goods at India’s top 12 ports declined for the sixth consecutive month during September 2020.

According to the IPA, the apex body of ports, the movement of goods during the first half of the current financial year was down 14 percent to 298.5 million tonnes. The movement of goods at all these 12 ports is under the control of the central government and 34.82 million tonnes of goods were transported during April to September last year.

Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandavia said last month that there has been a significant drop in cargo traffic at 12 major ports since March due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Indian Port Association (IPA), these 12 major ports handled 298.5 million tonnes of cargo between April and September in the current financial year, a decrease of 14.27 percent over the same period last year. All major ports except Mormugao (Goa) port witnessed negative growth due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The movement of goods at Kamaraj Port (Ennore) decreased the most during April-September by 31.63 percent, while at ports like Chennai, Cochin and JNPT, the decline was more than 20 percent. Kolkata and Mumbai ports suffered a drop of more than 15 percent.