According to sources, Union Shipping Ministry may not rush to relax cabotage laws for other ports in the country. This follows the demand from different ports, including JN Port and Visakhapatnam for similar relaxations. The ministry may first study the impact of relaxation of the laws for international container transhipment terminal (ICTT) at Vallarpadam, Kochi before relaxing it in other ports.Earlier this year, the Union Cabinet relaxed the cabotage rules for ICTT, operated by DP World, for a period of three years. According to the relaxation, foreign flagged vessels can offer feeder services to pick and drop domestic containerised cargo between Kochi and other ports.However, the cabotage relaxation is conditional. The Defence Ministry wants all containers being transhipped to be scanned. Following a request from the Kochi port, the Shipping Ministry has now asked the Defence Ministry to “favourably consider” this issue.