SME Times is powered by   
Search News
Just in:   • Equity indices break two-day losing streak on value buying  • IMF urges Sri Lanka to tighten monetary policy  • Global semiconductor sales to reach $676 bn this year: Gartner  • Tinna Rubber hits upper circuit, investors accumulate 900% returns in year  • Availability of jobs in Japan improves for 1st time in 3 yrs 
Last updated: 30 Mar, 2021  

Even.Given.9.thmb.jpg Suez Canal unblocked

   Top Stories
» Net direct tax collection reaches highest-ever figure in FY 22
» Musk has to manufacture here to sell Tesla cars in India: Gadkari
» Round tripping of industrial inputs by large players unfavourable to local value chains
» Sitharaman engages investors in Silicon Valley
» Modi hails India's success in achieving target of $400 billion of exports
Bikky Khosla | 30 Mar, 2021

The container ship that blocked the Suez Canal has been freed and is now on the move. Last week, this massive 400-meter container ship, 'Even Given', weighing 200,000 metric tons, stuck in the canal, leading to a sudden halt in regional shipping supplies. The Suez Canal holds significant importance in world trade as 12 percent of global shipments go via it, and now the end of the crisis is, no doubt, welcome news.

India is a major importer of crude oil – approximately 500,000 barrels per day -- via the Suez Canal, and the six-day long blockade raised concern of catapulting the crude prices, with its eventual impact on retail price as well. The longer the closure would have been, the more disruptive the impact was likely to be. Experts even warned that a blockade beyond the coming spring tide would have begun affecting operations on a broader scale.

Our exporters were worried as well. The Covid-19 pandemic has already hit the global trade hard, and now the Suez logjam was not at all welcome. Shipments would have got delayed, and exporters, particularly those who work on the payment against delivery model, would have faced working capital crunch. But fortunately, the ship has been successfully refloated now, and it is widely expected that shipping navigation will not take much time to gear up again.

It was encouraging to see that while efforts were underway to bring an end to the crisis, the Centre, aware of the gravity of the issue, came up with a four-point plan -- in discussion with the stakeholders -- to deal with the situation. The plan outlined, among other measures, identifying cargo for priority movement and exploring the option of re-routing of ships via the Cape of Good Hope. This level of proactiveness is really praiseworthy.

I invite your opinions.
Print the Page
Add to Favorite
Share this on :

Please comment on this story:
Subject :
(Maximum 1500 characters)  Characters left 1500
Your name:

  Customs Exchange Rates
Currency Import Export
US Dollar
UK Pound
Japanese Yen 58.85 56.85
As on 27 Apr, 2022
  Daily Poll
COVID-19 has directly affected your business
 Can't say
  Commented Stories
About Us  |   Advertise with Us  
  Useful Links  |   Terms and Conditions  |   Disclaimer  |   Contact Us  
Follow Us : Facebook Twitter