Four-pronged plan to deal with Suez Canal blockage, says Indian government


The government on Friday mentioned it has chalked out a four-point plan to deal with the state of affairs arising from the blockage of Suez Canal as it’s “seriously hitting the global trade”. The plan contains prioritisation of cargo, stability in freight charges, advisory to JNPT, Mundra and Hazira ports and re-routing of ships by way of the Cape of Good Hope, the commerce and business ministry mentioned in a press release, after a gathering with delivery ministry, Container Shipping Lines Association (CSLA) and Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO).

“Blockage of Suez Canal since March 23, 2021 is seriously affecting global trade,”

it mentioned.

Over 200 vessels are ready on the North and South sides of the Suez Canal and about 60 vessels are getting added to the queue each day.

“If two more days are taken before the efforts result in clearance of the canal (digging on both sides, extra barges being added on every high tide, tugboats, etc. to straighten the stuck vessel), the total backlog created would be about 350 vessels. It is estimated that this backlog should take about a week’s time to clear out,” the ministry mentioned.

This route is used for Indian exports/imports price $200 billion to/from North America, South America and Europe and contains petroleum items, natural chemical compounds, iron & metal, car, equipment, textiles & carpets, handicrafts together with furnishings, leather-based items.

Four-pronged plan

While FIEO, and Marine Products Export Development Authority and Agricultural and Processed Foods Export Development Authority will collectively determine cargo notably perishable cargo for precedence motion and work with the delivery strains for a similar, CSLA assured that the freight charges as per current contracts shall be honoured because the state of affairs is short-term and is unlikely to have a long-lasting impression.

For the probably bunching at JNPT, Mundra and Hazira, the government mentioned

an advisory to these ports has been despatched in order to gear up preparations and guarantee environment friendly dealing with throughout the forthcoming busy interval.

On the re-routing choices, delivery strains have been suggested by CSLA to discover the choice of re-routing of ships by way of the Cape of Good Hope. Such re-routing often takes 15 extra days’ time.




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