As part of Business Promotion initiative of New Mangalore Port Trust, a Business Meet was organized at Purple Palms Resort , Kushalnagar on Friday the 6th January 2017. The purpose of the Meet was to interact with the Kodagu Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Coffee Exporters, Coffee Curers & Logistics providers of Madikeri, Kushalnagar, Chikmagalur & Hassan region on the eve of the forthcoming coffee plucking season. Major coffee exporters, coffee curers, logistic providers, members from Kodagu Chamber and representatives from Coffee Board have attended the Meet and had a fruitful interaction on routing their cargo through the Port. Shri Chidvilas, Past President, Kodagu Chamber of Commerce & Industry welcomed the gathering and requested to interact with the Port authorities on issues, if any, to be addressed for the smooth handling of their cargo through NMP. Shri P.C. Parida, Chairman, NMPT while briefing the infrastructure addition and the ongoing developmental works at the Port, has requested the trade to make use of New Mangalore Port which is just 156 kms away from Kushalnagar for moving their cargo and avail its advantageous position. Shri B.N. Prakash, President, Kodagu Chamber of Commerce & Industry was also present on the occasionThe container traffic is picking up during the current financial year. So far during 2016-17(Upto Dec.2016) 66,848 TEUs handled as against 53,874 TEUs handled during the corresponding period of previous year and has registered a growth rate of 24%. This growth rate and Increase in the container traffic is on account of frequency of container vessels, creation of enhanced infrastructure like additional container storage yards, handling equipment, simplified documentation procedure in the port and customs .has contributed to the above growth.