New Delhi: Freight traffic handled by the country's major ports in the year ended March fell 1.7 on year to 560.15 million tn, the Indian Ports Association said.
   
The 12 major ports had handled 570.03 million tn traffic in 2010-11. The decline in freight traffic is mainly on account of a sharp fall in iron ore handled by the ports. Iron ore traffic in 2011-12 fell 30.4 percent to 60.60 million tn, the association said.
   
Iron ore exports from India have been falling ever since the Supreme Court banned mining in Karnataka, the second-largest producer of the ore in the country, last year.
   
Petroleum products, which account for nearly one-third of the total traffic handled by the major ports, rose 0.1 percent on year to 179.28 million tn, it said. Thermal coal traffic in 2011-12 rose 16.5 percent to 50.83 million tn, while coking coal traffic declined 4.1 percent to 27.90 million tn.
   
Container traffic rose 3.0 percent to 7.77 million TEU, while in tonnage terms it rose 5.4 percent to 120.22 million tn, the association said.
   
Among the major ports, Kandla handled the maximum traffic in 2011-12 at 82.50 million tn, followed by Visakhapatnam at 67.42 million tn and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust at 65.75 million tn.
   
(Agencies)