Cot­ton im­porters eye Kochi Port

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The South In­dia Mills As­so­ci­a­tion and In­dian Cot­ton Fed­er­a­tion are look­ing to fa­cil­i­tate the im­port and re-ex­port of con­tainer­ised cot­ton through Kochi port. Kochi’s prox­im­ity to spin­ning mills in Coim­bat­ore, which is less than 200 km away, prompted them to seek a stor­age fa­cil­ity in the port for the tran­ship­ment of con­tain­ers to fa­cil­i­tate lo­cal sales and cot­ton im­ports. More­over, the re­duced tran- sit time to Kochi, es­pe­cially from West and East African ports and the US, would make the port an at­trac­tive des­ti­na­tion.

A lot of im­ports are be­ing made to South In­dia ev­ery year, and a ma­jor­ity of the con­sign­ments are han­dled at Tu­ti­corin Port. How­ever, Kochi has a cost ad­van­tage to millers in Coim­bat­ore, and the clos­ing down of Wala­yar check post af­ter GST has re­sulted in the faster move­ment of cot­ton to pro­duc­tion units.

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