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Paradip Port Emerges as India’s Top Cargo-Handling Port in 2023-24

Paradip Port Authority, Odisha, surpasses Deendayal Port Authority, Kandla, to become India’s leading cargo-handling major port in the fiscal year 2023-24, handling 145.38 Million Metric Tons (MMT) of cargo, marking a 7.4% growth from the previous year.


  1. Coastal Shipping Hub

    • Handled 59.19 million metric tonnes of coastal shipping traffic.
    • Managed 43.97 million metric tonnes of thermal coal coastal shipping.
  2. Productivity Excellence

    • Achieved highest productivity among all major ports in India.
    • Improved berth productivity from 31050 MT to 33014 MT.
  3. Cost Efficiency

    • Offers the lowest tariffs among all Indian ports.
    • Frozen tariff rates for cargo handling for three years starting in 2022 as part of business development plan.

About Paradip Port

  • Established by the Odisha government in 1962; taken over by the Indian government in 1965.
  • Declared a major port by the Indian government on April 18, 1966, becoming the 8th major port of India.
  • Operates as an autonomous body under the Major Port Trusts Act 1963, under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways, administered by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Government of India.

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