Exports of cars from Indian major ports and particularly from Chennai and Kamarajar ports in Tamil Nadu declined during the April-September period, mirroring the negative growth reported by the manufacturing sector in the first six months of the financial year. For the first half of the current year, India exported 2.67 lakh units according to Society of Indian Auto Manufacturers (SIAM), against 2.69 lakh units for last year.
Out of the 12 major ports in the country, six are in the east coast. Roll-on roll-off vessels call at Chennai and Kamarajar ports, located in Tamil Nadu, regularly to carry automobiles such as cars, trucks, vans, bus, tractors and excavators.
During the first half of 2015-16, these two ports collectively handled 1.93 lakh cars against 1.95 lakh units for the same period during 2014-15, registering a decline of 1,751 units.