India's main ports at a standstill as imports clog storage and exports dry up

India’s 21-day coronavirus lockdown has caused severe cargo congestion at key ports and container freight stations.

India's main ports at a standstill as imports clog storage and exports dry up

As a result, Maersk, MSC, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd and Cosco have all reportedly omitted calls at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and Mundra Port, where uncollected import cargo is causing the backlog. According to the Container Freight Stations Association of India (CFSAI), only a fraction of containers are being picked-up by importers.

“With only a fraction of imports being gated-out by the trade, the container freight stations are facing an unprecedented challenge; we believe that in the next three to four days, most of them will reach their holding capacity and evacuation from terminals will come to a halt.”

Ankur Kumar, CEO and founder of Nuo Logistics Service, said the congestion at JNPT could last well beyond the lockdown period, due to end on 14 April.

Furthermore, there are “literally no exports”, due to manufacturing grinding to a halt. The Loadstar