A delegation of high level officials from Maldives Ports Limited (MPL) has held talks with traders from Tuticorin, India, regarding the essential goods supply lines to the Maldives. The delegation, consisting of two customs officers in addition to the senior managers from MPL, visited Tuticorin on 21st March 2022.
Discussions during the forum with the Coastal Mechanized Sailing Vessel Owner’s Association and other perishable goods vessel operators in Tuticorin were focussed mainly on ensuring that supply lines to the Maldives are not interrupted in light of the oncoming busy month of Ramadan. The group further discussed some of the common challenges faced by vessels carrying perishable goods from Tuticorin to the Maldives, and ways to overcome such challenges. India is the main source market for most perishable goods imported to the Maldives for public use, such as potatoes, eggs and wheat, and the fasting season is a markedly busy month with a hike in the use of such products throughout the nation.
The delegation from MPL consisted of Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Ibrahim Abdulla, Assistant General Manager, Mohamed Maseeh Abdul Sattar, Assistant General Manager, Mohamed Ameez, and Assistant General Manager, Tholhath Saeed.