India has too many boxports for too little cargo: DP World

India has too many boxports for too little cargo: DP World

India has too many boxports for too little cargo, according to the nation’s largest operator of terminals. Speaking with the local Economic Times, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, group chairman of UAE-based DP World, said the focus needed to change to look at the entire supply chain in India.

“There are more ports in India right now than cargo, which is not good,” Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said. “You should have more production facilities, more logistic and infrastructure facilities rather than (just) ports.”

DP World has six port concessions in India, including two in Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), the nation’s top boxport in Mumbai, where on Sunday there was an official opening of a fourth terminal to be run by rival PSA International.

DP World has recently formed a $3bn venture with India’s National Infrastructure Investment Fund to invest in local logistics infrastructure projects.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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