India’s ports are set to handle four times as much cargo within the next eight years, but volumes will remain very far behind neighbour China, according to a report from the Associated Chambers of Commerce of India.
The report – Indian ports sector: Challenges of scale and efficient operations – illustrates how maegre the nation’s port volumes are today – both overall and in terms of containers – when compared to China’s.
India’s total containerised cargo capacity of 8.75m teu at its 12 major ports is less than a quarter of the boxes handled at the port of Shanghai for instance.
India’s ports, however, are rapidly expanding traffic. Last year India’s top 12 ports handled a combined 647m tonnes – less than the throughput at the Chinese port of Ningbo-Zhoushan. However, the new report suggests India’s main ports will be handling 2.5bn tonnes by 2025.
The report calls for rapid development of infrastructure at India’s existing top ports and a greater use of containers as a mode of freight transport across the nation.