High Port Charges

Cargo Talk - - Cover Story -

Ac­cord­ing to an Exim Bank re­port, high port charges, like port dues, berth hire, pi­lotage and cargo-han­dling charges, in In­dia are also af­fect­ing the In­dian ship­ping in­dus­try. In­dia is known to be hav­ing high ship-call­ing cost as com­pared to other com­peti­tor coun­tries in the re­gion. Ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try sources, port call­ing costs for a ship that can carry 1,200 stan­dard cargo con­tain­ers is US $ 19,000 (` 8.4 lakh) at Kochi. The rate is US $ 3,300 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and US $ 5,700 in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emi­rates. This makes the In­dian ports non com­pet­i­tive com­pared to other for­eign ports. High prices would nor­mally de­prive a port, a part of its pa­tron­age (ves­sels and cargo own­ers), and thus re­duce de­mand for port ser­vices.

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