Heavy Congestion Hits APMT Gate in Mumbai

APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India in the Nhava Sheva port complex is experiencing heavy congestion that has now forced a temporary halt to gate-in of export cargo and import pickups, producing costly delays for shippers and transportation providers.

“Due to heavy congestion at the GTI terminal gate, the terminal has stopped accepting export containers and also ceased import deliveries,” Brihanmumbai Custom House Agents’ Association said in a trade advisory. “Hundreds of trailers loaded with export containers are stranded at the GTI gate.”

BCHAA said it is pressuring the terminal authority to resolve the bottlenecks and to temporarily waive ground rent fees for containers jammed up at the gate to give cargo owners some relief from chronic congestion at the country’s largest container gateway.

Milan Desai, the association’s export committee chairman, said last week that the queue outside GTI stretched to 6 km with trailers in two rows and had an average turn-around time of five hours.

Shippers using the three terminals in Nhava Sheva, also known as Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, have been confronted with serious cargo slowdowns over the past few months. While several factors contribute to the long-term landside congestion in the harbor, the recent volume surge has aggravated the situation.

On April 17th, NYK Line released a statement which said that normal operations have resumed but APMT Mumbai’s gate are operating very slowly, with truck turnaround times inside the terminal of around six hours

Additionally, on 1 May there will be an annual power shut down for maintenance between 8am and 5pm, creating a significant issue for reefer cargo since diesel motor powered generators will feed only 190 refrigerated containers at the port.

Please be guided accordingly. RCL Agencies will report further updates once available.