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Shipping ministry shortlists Bhavnagar in Gujarat to manufacture containers for the country

Gujarat's Bhavnagar has been chosen for the study to be conducted by the Port and Shipping Ministry on the feasibility to manufacture containers used to transport goods through ships.

The study comes in the wake of chronic shortage of containers

The study comes in the wake of chronic shortage of containers faced by the Indian exporters due to sharp fall in imports and regulation of exim trade with China following the country's border incursions in Ladakh. The central government is looking at manufacturing containers in a big way while developing a shipping line under the Atmanirbhar Bharat program.

The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has already set up a committee to study the feasibility of manufacturing containers at Bhavnagar in Gujarat.

Until now most of the exporters relied on Chinese containers

Until now, majority of the exporters in India have been relying primarily on Chinese containers. But with geopolitical contours changing rapidly, shortage of containers has hit exporters, who have had bear the additional burden of freight cost hike. India has reduced its imports from China amid rising political tension.

“We need to address the issue of containers at the earliest especially as we focus on boosting exports on one hand and reducing imports on the other,” Ajay Sahai, director general, Federation of Indian Export Organisation.

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