Last Updated: February 17, 2020
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India has 12 major ports and about 200 non-major ports. Under the National Perspective Plan for Sagarmala, six new mega ports will be developed in the country. In FY19, major ports in India handled 699.05 million tonnes of cargo traffic, implying a CAGR of 2.74 per cent during FY08-19. Cargo traffic handled stood at 524.03 million tonnes in 2019 (till December 2019). Cargo traffic at non-major ports was estimated at 348.44 million tonnes FY20 (up to Sep’19).
Since ports handle almost 95 per cent of trade volumes in India, the rising trade has contributed significantly to the country’s cargo traffic. The major ports had a capacity of 1,514.09 million tonnes per annum by FY19P. Capacity at non-major ports is expected to reach 968 MMT in 2019 from 750 MMT in 2016. Given the positive outlook, proposed investments in major ports are expected to total US$ 18.6 billion by 2020, while those in non-major ports would be US$ 28.5 billion. Turnaround time at major ports in India has decreased at a rapid pace from 82.32 hours in FY17 to 59.51 hours in FY19.
India’s total external trade* grew to US$ 838.46 billion in FY19, implying a CAGR of 5.53 per cent since FY09. Merchandise exports during the year were US$ 331.02 billion while imports reached US$ 507.44 billion. India’s merchandise exports and imports stood at US$ 211.93 billion and US$ 318.78 billion, respectively, in FY20 (till Nov’19). Adani Port and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) became the first Indian port operator to handle cargo movement of 200 million tonnes (MT) in 2018-19.
In November 2019, first ever movement of container cargo on Brahmaputra (National Waterway -2), focused on improving the connectivity to North Eastern Region (NER).
As of November 2019, a number of projects with total project cost of Rs 13,308.41 crore (US$ 1.90 billion) have been awarded in the last three years on upgradation of the major ports. Ministry of Shipping has sanctioned sum of US$ 1.49 million to Gujarat Maritime Board for capacity building and safety training of workers involved in ship recycling activities under Sagarmala. The Government of India has finalised master plans for 142 capacity expansion projects worth Rs 91,434 crore (US$ 14.19 billion) under the Sagarmala programme. As of March 2018, projects worth Rs 1.85 lakh crore (US$ 28.70 billion) had been awarded under Sagarmala programme. Approximately 10,000 jobs were created through projects initiated under Sagarmala during the last three years In August 2019, India became the first country in the world to issue Biometric Seafarer Identity Document (BSID), capturing the facial bio-metric data of seafarers.
As per Union Budget 2019-20, the Jal Marg Vikas Project for enhancing the navigational capacity of Ganga, a multi modal terminal at Varanasi has been functional since November 2018.
The Government of India has allowed foreign direct investment (FDI) of up to 100 per cent under the automatic route for projects related to the construction and maintenance of ports and harbours. Ports sector in India has received a cumulative FDI of US$ 1.64 billion between April 2000 and September 2019. A 10-year tax holiday is extended to enterprises engaged in the business of developing, maintaining, and operating ports, inland waterways, and inland ports. The government has also initiated National Maritime Development Programme (NMDP), an initiative to develop the maritime sector with a planned outlay of US$ 11.8 billion. As of Union Budget 2019-20, the total allocation for the Ministry of Shipping is Rs 1,902.56 crore (US$ 272.22 million). Government of India (GoI) have undertaken 55 rail projects worth Rs 45,883.2 crore (US$ 6.57 billion) and 15 road projects of Rs 2,899 crore (US$ 0.41 billion) for the enhancement of port connectivity at various major and minor ports.
* - Merchandise trade
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