Cargo traffic at major ports in India increased marginally for the second consecutive month in November 2015. Indian ports handled 49 million tonnes of cargo, increasing marginally by 0.9 per cent compared to corresponding month in the previous year.
Volumes of import cargo, which account for over two-thirds of the overall cargo traffic at major ports, grew by 2.6 per cent to 34.5 million tonnes.
Trans-shipment cargo traffic rose by 18.1 per cent to 2.6 million tonnes. However, export cargo volumes fell by 6.6 per cent to 11.9 million tonnes during the month.
Cargo volumes of petroleum, oil & lubricants (POL), the largest contributor to total cargo traffic, increased by 4.3 per cent to 16.2 million tonnes. However, a sharp 6.8 per cent decline in coal cargo volumes affected the overall cargo traffic growth. The commodity's volumes stood at 9.9 million tonnes.
Cumulative cargo volumes at major ports increased by 3.3 per cent during April-November 2015 to 396.9 million tonnes. A healthy growth in cargo traffic was seen in case of coal (13.3 per cent), edible oil (24.7 per cent), iron & steel (18.2 per cent) and finished fertilisers (21.4 per cent) during this period.
Cargo volumes of petroleum, oil & lubricants (POL) were up by 3.3 per cent. Container and other goods cargo loading rose by a meagre 1.4 per cent and 1.6 per cent, respectively.