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Monday Oct 11 2021
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Reuters

India's largest port operator to stop handling containers from Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan

By
Reuters
A general view of a container terminal is seen at Mundra Port, one of the ports handled by Indias Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd, in the western Indian state of Gujarat April 1, 2014. — Reuters/File
A general view of a container terminal is seen at Mundra Port, one of the ports handled by India's Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd, in the western Indian state of Gujarat April 1, 2014. — Reuters/File

  • Adani Ports says its terminals would no longer handle export, import of container cargoes from Nov 15.
  • "The port has issued it to the concerned stakeholders," an Adani Group spokesman says.
  • Decision comes after Indian officials seized nearly three tonnes of heroin originating from Afghanistan.


BENGALURU: India's largest port operator Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone said on Monday that its terminals would no longer handle export and import of container cargoes from Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan from November 15.

"This trade advisory will apply to all terminals operated by (Adani Ports) and including third party terminals at any (company) port till further notice," Adani Ports, which is part of the Adani Group conglomerate, said in a statement.

The company did not give a reason for its action. "The port has issued it to the concerned stakeholders," an Adani Group spokesman said without giving any other details.

The decision comes weeks after Indian officials seized nearly three tonnes of heroin originating from Afghanistan worth an estimated 200 billion rupees ($2.65 billion) from two containers at western Gujarat's Mundra Port, run by Adani Ports. read more

On the seizure, Adani Ports had said that port operators are not allowed to examine containers and the company has "no policing authority over the containers or the millions of tonnes of cargo" that passes through the terminals at its ports.