Shippers re-routing transshipment cargo through JNPT & Mundra

Cargo owners at India’s hinterland points of Chennai and Kolkata are rerouting more shipments to JNPT (Nhava Sheva) or Mundra instead of feedering to hub or intermediate ports in South Asia for mainline, long-haul connectivity. These are usually Colombo (Sri Lanka), Singapore and Port Klang (Malaysia) .
Jayesh Tanna, VP of FCL-air freight for India & Dubai at Mumbai-based multimodal solutions provider Allcargo Logistics, said there had been a change in the market, albeit transient, where more shippers tended to shift cargo away from Colombo, or other hubs caught up in lingering congestion and sailing reliability issues. “Shipments are slowly moving in and out from Kolkata to Nhava Sheva. This trend will likely continue, at least, for the next three to four months, as the space is not fully open.” said Tanna