18 June 2013 08:03 [Source: ICIS news]
MUMBAI (ICIS)--Shipments of polymers from Saudi Arabia to India may face delays because of port congestions and manpower shortages ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in early July, Indian market sources said on Tuesday.
According to a Mumbai-based trader, ports in Jubail and Dammam are congested as end-users rush to secure shipments before an expected lull during the fasting month.
“Shipments are already delayed by as long as six to eight weeks. Very few vessels can come and go from Jubail or Dammam. We are still waiting for our cargoes to arrive in India,” the trader said.
Port workers typically work reduced hours during Ramadan to go home early to break fast with their families, another Indian trader said.
“As it is, port workers are on leave in June and early July to escape the hot summer months. Now, with Ramadan approaching, more people will be on leave or work fewer hours,” the trader added.
Additional reporting by Malini Hariharan
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