Uncertainty over schedule of feeder vessels
that come to Thoothukudi and Kochi ports for the last few weeks has hit exports
and imports from Coimbatore region.
From garments to
food items, a wide range of products are exported and imported from this region
and these are mostly through the Kochi and Thoothukudi ports.
Sri Lanka brought port services under
essential services to keep operations unaffected
House and Steamer Agents Association, President, P Subramaniam said, the
problem started last month due to second wave of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka. Only
earlier this week Sri Lanka brought port services under essential services so
that its operations are not affected.
“A vessel that
left India on November 13 is yet to berth in Colombo,” he said. This has led to
uncertainty over arrival and departure of feeder vessels from Colombo to Thoothukudi,
Chennai and Kochi ports.