Mormugao Port Trust plans to diversify to multi-commodity facility soon
Friday, 06 April 2012 | 00:00
In the wake of dipping iron ore exports, the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) has decided to diversify itself as a multi-commodity port inviting the businessmen from neighbouring states to use the facilities available at the port.
MPT Chairman P Mara Pandiyan said they have drawn up ambitious plan to diversify the port from mono-commodity to multi-commodity in near future than depending only on iron ore and coal.
The Port, he said, is looking at exports of commodities like automobiles, cotton yarn, foundry yarn, timber, jiggery and others besides products like granite, which is already been shipped through the port.
The MPT officials has held meeting with the chambers through 'trade meets' conducted neighbouring states like Belgaum, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Bangalore, Bijapur, Hubli and others.
The port will start exporting maize in next few days. As a result of the efforts initiated by MPT, a delegation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry had recently visited the port and interacted with leading container lines, Stevedores, Steamer agents and custom house agents.
Pandiyan said the delegation collected factual information on container vessel frequency, transportation charges and their commercial advantages.
The port has already began exporting pharma products from the state since last two months.
Pandiyan said they will soon get clearance to import the pharma raw material which will help them to save business worth Rs 6,000 crore annually from diverting to other ports outside the state.
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