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Average turnaround time in Indian ports rise to 12 days from just 3 amid lockdown

March 29, 2020: Amid Covid-19 pandemic scare and lockdown in the country average turnaround time in Indian ports have risen to 12 days from just 3 days previously, even after the central government declared ports as an essential service and exempted from the lockdown.

Meanwhile, JNPT wrote to stakeholders and trade partners about the measures taken by the port including the removal of dwell time charges and shifting charges to ensure free movement of goods.
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Meanwhile, JNPT wrote to stakeholders and trade partners about the measures taken by the port including the removal of dwell time charges and shifting charges to ensure free movement of goods.

March 29, 2020: Amid Covid-19 pandemic scare and lockdown in the country average turnaround time in Indian ports have risen to 12 days from just 3 days previously, even after the central government declared ports as an essential service and exempted from the lockdown.

Many ports and terminals have taken relaxation measures and constantly communicating to the stakeholders to assure smooth movement of goods through ports.

"Shipping lines are cutting down on the number of sailings amid the Covid-19 scare, resulting in the piling of containers at ports and increased freight rates, despite a sharp fall in crude oil prices. Crew and cargo coming from high-risk countries must be screened, pushing up the turnaround time for cargo, " reports Economic Times.

Ship calls at Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai were down 15% at 141 in February over the previous month, according to data provided by the supply-chain technology platform Shipsy.

Meanwhile, JNPT wrote to stakeholders and trade partners about the measures taken by the port including the removal of dwell time charges and shifting charges to ensure free movement of goods.

"We have taken some proactive steps at JNPCT and extended some reliefs to the trade in order to support/assist Port users and end-users. No dwell time charges will be levied for all import containers moved by road (CFS/DPD/Empty) which are discharged from March 22, 2020, till March 31, 2020; No shifting charges will be levied for import containers for which change of mode activity (from the truck to rail) is performed to facilitate the movement of CFS/DPD containers by Rail till March 31, 2020; and delivery of DPD containers will be allowed from Terminal after 48 hrs also till March 31, 2020, " says the letter.

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