The Amingaon inland container depot (ICD) in Guwahati may handle around the same number of containers in 2012-13 as last year, reports suggest.
The ICD handled 2,600 twenty foot equivalent unit (TEUs) totaling 40 rakes in 2011-12. So far in 2012-13, the depot handled 2,485 TEUs totaling 42 rakes.
Largely a seasonal ICD, the Amingaon depot mainly handles tea containers for export during the tea season.
The throughput of tea containers for exports is tapering off with the tea season coming to a close; but these days, the rakes are also used for moving domestic containers, reports suggest. Tea exports so far this year have not recorded impressive growth.
Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) ships the largest number of containers (1,131 TEUs) or 46 per cent of the throughput in the depot.
SCI is followed by Mediterranean Shipping Company (597 TEUs) and Maersk (587 TEUs) at 24 per cent each, and APL (146 TEUs) at six per cent. The smaller players include K Line (14 TEUs), NYK (six TEUs) and PIL (four TEUs).
Among the shippers, McLeod Russel tops the list with a share of 1,644 TEUs, followed by APJ Tea at 373 TEUs. Thus, the gap between number one and number two is wide.
The other shippers participating in the ICD movement include M K Shah (156 TEUs), Assam Company (111 TEUs), Goodricke Group (91 TEUs), Warren group (61 TEUs) and Gillanders (45 TEUs).