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In wake of outbreak of COVID-19 and same being declared as Pandemic, the Government of India has imposed a lockdown for a period of 21 days to contain COVID-19 Pandemic in the country. Ministry of Home Affairs has issued an addendum, specifically giving exceptions to the operations of Seaports for cargo movement and inter-state movement of Goods/cargo for inland and exports to ensure regular supply of goods in the country.

In accordance to the above and on receipt of representations from various stakeholders, the Ministry of Shipping on 24th March, 2020, issued an advisory to all Major Trusts for invoking “Force Majeure” clause on Port activities and Port operations.