The ports' handling of iron ore increased 39.02% to 45.05 MT during the period, but on the other hand, thermal coal shipments fell 14.98% to 74.60 MT. Combined, the 12 ports had handled 32.37 MT of iron ore and 87.74 MT of coal during the same period last year.

In addition, coking and other coal grew 1.10% to 47.08 MT during the ten months, in comparison to 46.57 MT last year.

Moreover, finished fertiliser volumes rose 21.55%, with raw fertiliser volumes declining 2.80%.

As for containers, the ports recorded a growth of 2.65% in terms of TEUs.

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Regarding specific ports, Deendayal port handled the highest traffic volume at 101.96 MT during April-January 2019-20, followed by Paradip at 93.38 MT, Visakhapatnam at 60.73 MT, JNPT at 56.64 MT, Kolkata at 53 MT, and Mumbai at 51.34 MT.

What is more, Chennai port handled 39.80 MT of cargo, while New Mangalore handled 30.91 MT.

These ports handle around 60% of India’s overall cargo traffic.