Jawaharlal Nehru Port

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Nhava Sheva
न्हावा शेवा
Jawaharlal Nehru Trust Port.jpg
A container ship at Nhava Sheva
Country India
Coordinates 18°57′N 72°57′E / 18.950°N 72.950°E / 18.950; 72.950[1]
Operated by Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust
Owned by Government of India
Annual cargo tonnage Bulk: 7.88 million tons (2010-11)[2]
Container: 56.43 million tons (2010-11)
Annual container volume 4.27 million TEU (2010-11)

Jawaharlal Nehru Port, also known as Nhava Sheva, is the largest container port in India.[3] Located south of Mumbai in Maharashtra, the port on the Arabian Sea is accessed via Thane Creek. Its common name derives from the names of Nhava and Sheva villages that were situated here. This port is also the terminal of Western Dedicated Freight Corridor proposed by Indian Railways.


Jawaharlal Nehru Port is run by the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, an autonomous corporation wholly owned by the Government of India. The port was created to relieve pressure on Mumbai Port, then the pre-eminent port of India. It also enabled importers to avoid the octroi tax levied on goods entering Mumbai city by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation since it falls outside the jurisdiction of the municipal corporation.


The JNPT Container Terminal is operated by JNPT. It has a quay length of 680 metres (2,230 ft) with 3 berths.[4]

The Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal (NSICT) is leased to a consortium led by P & O, now a part of DP World. Commissioned in July 2000, it has a 600 metres (2,000 ft) quay length with two berths. It can handle up to 15.6 million tons of cargo.[5] NSICT was India’s first privately managed container terminal.


Major exports from Jawaharlal Nehru Port are textiles, sporting goods, carpets, textile machinery, boneless meat, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. The main imports are chemicals, machinery, plastics, electrical machinery, vegetable oils and aluminium and other non-ferrous metals. The port handles cargo traffic mostly originating from or destined for Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, as well as most of North India.

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  1. ^ "Geographic Location". Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  2. ^ "Cummulative Traffic April 2010 to March 2011". Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  3. ^ "The biggest ports of India". Rediff Business. Rediff.com. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "JNPT Container Terminal". Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  5. ^ "NSICT Private Terminal". Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 

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