The Indian Ports Association has issued data which shows the full impact that Covid-19 has had on the country’s major ports traffic during the April 2020-March 2021 financial year. Overall, the 12 major ports handled 67.26 million tons of cargo, 4.59% less than in 2019/2020, as the economy contracted as a result of lockdowns.
The biggest declines were seen in the ports of Ennore and Mumbai, where volumes dipped by 18.46% and 12.15% respectively. Not all of the major ports experienced a downturn, however, with Mormugao handling 21.95 million tons, 37% more than the year before. The only other port to see an increase was Paradip, where the 114.5 million tons throughput represented a slight 1.65% upturn.
Collectively India’s Major Ports handled 9.6 million TEU of container traffic, which was 3.75% down on the previous 12 months. JNPT remained by far the biggest gateway of the group, with traffic of 4.68 million TEU, down from 5.03 million TEU. The next highest container throughput was recorded in Chennai where throughput was more or less stable at 1.4 million TEU.