To promote transshipment at Indian ports, the Shipping Ministry has allowed relaxations in cabotage rules. Cabotage is the transport of goods or passengers between two places in the same country. Transshipment is the movement of goods and containers to an intermediate destination.
In a bid to promote transhipment activity at the International Container Transshipment Terminal in Kochi, the shiÂpÂÂping ministry is considering relaxing the cabotage norms. Current cabotage norms allow foreign ships to ply on the coastline of the country only after getting prior licence from the government.