Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s largest container port, registered a throughput of 283,802 TEU in container handling during April 2020.
The import container volume of April 2020 represents 80% of the imports handled in April 2019 and overall throughput stands at 63% of the cargo handled during April 2019, the Port said in a statement.
The Port, also known as the Nhava Sheva port, handed a total of 167 vessels in April 2020.
As the Government of India lifts lockdown measures, factories in the hinterland are now beginning to open up meaning exports are also starting to pick up, according to the Port.
JNPT has taken various measures to limit the impact of the outbreak while also protecting the trade channel from any disruption. The port announced an extension of waiver/remission/relaxations at all the Container Terminals at JN Port from 15 April 15 to 3 May.
Various other measures taken by the Port include extended relief to trade in order to support Port users and end users.
In the wake of this crisis Port has also prepared an action plan for avoiding congestion and created sufficient storage capacities inside and outside the Port.
Shri Sanjay Sethi, Chairman at JNPT, said, ““In the month of April JNPT handled 499 container trains, making it the highest number of container trains handled in a particular month.
“This also resulted in increasing the rail coefficient during the month to 22.39 % against the previous FY monthly average of 16.04%. This is a result of the perseverance of our workforce and in time diligent effort and support of all the stakeholder of JN Port.”
“Our commitment towards ensuring that trade doesn’t come to a standstill even during the lockdown and has resulted in JNPT achieving these numbers. The entire family of JNPT will put in efforts to constantly evolve our operational efficiency and the port’s performance by maintaining all the safety protocols,” he concluded.