Traffic congestion at Chennai Port hurting exports, says Fieo

June 15, 2015 11:01 am Published by

Frequent disturbances in ex-im movement in and out of Chennai Port are seriously affecting shipments and putting the reliability of exporters at stake, according to Dr A. Sakthivel, Regional Chairman, Fieo Southern Region. The perennial congestion problems at Chennai Port have already seriously impacted the costing of export products as exporters are forced either to pay huge detention charges to logistics providers or divert their cargo to other ports, incurring additional expense, including the huge cost of delays, he added.

Frequent strikes by various agencies have become common at Chennai Port, he said, resulting in import and export containers getting accumulated and forcing the terminal operators to regulate cargo movement. Given the recession in global markets, importers are insisting on just-in-time deliveries. But without adequate infrastructure and support from the Port, prompt logistics services, etc, exports are likely to dip further, Dr Sakthivel cautioned.

He requested the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu to take the initiative for restarting work on the Chennai Port-Maduravoyal elevated corridor project.

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