Prepare your freight and cargo for shipping: More about Monsoon Season in India & subcontinent

August 5, 2020

ALERT: Red Alert in Mumbai area due to heavy rain fall.

UPDATED August 5th, 2020

There has been extremely heavy rainfall in and around Mumbai area and a RED ALERT has been issued by the authorities. The city is water logged and the Air Cargo Complex Mumbai and Nhava Sheva Port area has also been severely affected. Due to the rough weather JNPCT's (one of the terminal at Nhava Sheva) RMQC has operations at a stand still since the afternoon. Other terminals are keeping operations on hold till further notice.

This will impact the berthing schedule and we expect few vessel may have to cut and sail.

There could also be delays in custom clearance, pick up/deliveries, sailing/arrival/departures and rollovers

Contact our India team for further information here


ALERT: Mumbai cyclonic storm

UPDATED June 3rd

A possible severe cyclonic storm, that is expected to result from a depression forming in the southeast and adjoining east-central Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep area, will impact Mumbai city which may experience high-speed winds and extremely heavy rainfall. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for six other districts including Palghar, Thane, Raigad, Dhule, Nandurbar and Nashik between June 3 and 4. It will pass over this region as a severe cyclone but there is a marginal reduction in wind speed expected.

Mumbai is likely to experience high-speed winds as the cyclone makes landfall south of the city. The landfall is expected towards the south of Mumbai. Since the Arabian Sea system is dynamic there are a few predictability issues. There might be further changes in the coming 48 hours depending on how the weather system moves. An orange alert will be issued 48 hours before the landfall while a red alert will be issued 12 to 24 hours for the affected areas.

We expect this will hit Mumbai and the surrounding areas on 3rd and 4th June … resulting in further delays in day to day working and pickup/deliveries/custom clearances/stuffing etc... We are keeping a close track of the same and working closely with clients/vendors.


Monsoon season in South Asia typically occurs between June to September leading to heavy rainfall. 

Monsoons typically occur in tropical areas and various atmospheric conditions influence the monsoon winds. When the summer monsoon season begins, South Asia can experience extreme rainfall that can lead to flooding in countries such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The monsoon doesn't appear overnight, in fact it builds up over several days of pre-monsoon showers. Then, an intense period of rainfall and storms. The pattern of the rainfall then steadies and lasts for a couple of hours each day. The rain is unpredictable and sunshine can immediately turn into a heavy downpour. The volume of water from the downpour can also increase the risk of flooding.

Heavy monsoons can create difficulties at both airport and ports. In 2017, the heavy rainfall halted port operations in Mumbai as reported by Lloydsloadinglist. During this time, it is important for shippers to correctly pack their cargo to safeguard against their shipments getting wet and damaged, risk prevention is key to keeping freight moving.

Handling agents will often avoid accepting shipments that are incorrectly packed due to the risk of water damage due to the monsoon systems. Avoid transportation delays and be aware of protection advice for your freight shipments.

How can I protect my cargo? 

India on globeDuring the rainy season, airlines suggest a number of methods that you can use to protect your cargo from damage from the heavy rainfall: 

  • All cargo and freight should be securely packaged, shrink-wrapped is preferable, to avoid damage to the consignment from the heavy rain. 
  • Good quality packing materials should be used at all times to protect your cargo.
  • Labeling should be clear on both sides of the inside of the packages to ensure the visibility of key information. 

Important to note that increased traffic and port congestion are frequent problems during monsoon season, to ensure timely shipments this is important to bear in mind. 

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