Various efforts are being undertaken by the marketing team of the Cochin Port Trust including diversion of 1% of its port revenues on marketing activities in a bid to woo the cargo from south west TN namely Pollachi, Tirupur and Coimbatore this year. One of the recent Galex services introduced by the trade unions at the port has been instrumental in raising the coastal cargo services from ICTT (International Container Transhipment Terminal) to the port of Vallarpadam. The robust support given by the Kerala Government in making the Walayar check post more viable for trade has further strengthened confidence in traders to move cargo through the Vallarpadam port.
Galex (GLX) is a premier shipping service comprising of a group of four vessel operatives – Emirates Shipping Line, RCL, KMTC and Haijin is aimed at improving reliability, efficiency and stability. It serves the vibrant markets of Asia, West Asia and Indian subcontinent and is also operational at Mundra Port -Gujarat and the Nhava Sheva Port -Maharashtra.
In an attempt to revive the expenditures in dredging at Vallarpadam port, the port officials and shipping fraternity are taking concrete steps in holding trade meets to encourage freight transport from Pollachi.
One of the trustees of the Kochi port named Prakash Iyer has emphasized that similar measures and talks are being organized for other major area sin Tamil Nadu and Karnataka however also suggested modifications on the restrictions of tonnage over roads for it to get materialized.
ICTT witnessed a positive growth trend in year 2015 with 5% rise in its volume and 8 % in throughput. The ship calls experienced 13 % growth as compared to only 5 % last year. Productivity average also rose from 27 to 30 moves per crane hour.
Impact on Apple Imports
Recently enough, the port of Vallarpadam is witnessing import of apples which implies that restriction levied by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade to allow apple imports only through Nava Sheva is relaxed by State High Court. It brought a big relief to apple merchants in Kerala who were forced to pay higher charges for freight shipping from Mumbai to other locations. Since domestic apple crop lasts only three to four month which make domestic traders largely dependent on imports from China, Chile and US, opening up of Vallarpadam proves a silver lining to them.