India’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port, India’s main container gateway, handled 499 container trains in April, an all-time monthly record. The upturn in intermodal rail transportation to and from the port reflects industry-wide efforts to overcome road transport limitations as a result of lockdown measures. Around 22.6% of JNPT containers were handled by rail, compared with 14% in April 2019. Similar increases have been reported at other Indian ports.
Container traffic generally has been hit hard at JNPT, with overall throughput declining by 37% this April, compared to April 2019. Imports dropped by 20%, with a sharper fall in containerised exports. However JNPT says exports are starting to pick up again as factories in the hinterland start opening up due to a relaxation in lockdown measures.