Chennai, India

Port Chennai is situated on the South-Eastern Indian peninsula and is one of the largest and oldest ports in the region. The port is located on an artificial harbor and contains two container terminals with the combined capacity to handle approximately 2.8 million containers annually. Its roll-on/roll-off (RORO) car terminal is the largest in India and handles approximately 274,000 automobiles per year. Port Chennai is also expanding, with a third container terminal in the works which will increase the port’s capacity for imported and exported items from over 60 million to 140 million tons per year.

Common Imports and Exports in Chennai, India

Port Chennai is located within the state of Tamil Nadu, which has undergone substantial manufacturing and economic growth due to the port’s success. Port Chennai’s major exports include iron, ore, leather, and cotton. Additionally, automobiles are commonly exported from Port Chennai because the city is a base for several well-known international carmakers, including Ford, Hyundai, Nissan, Daimler, and BMW.

K International Transport mostly deals with exports from the United States. Although common shipments entering Port Chennai include wheat, machinery, iron, steel, and textiles, clients can transport virtually all cargo to Port Chennai from the United States. With its container and RORO terminals, Port Chennai has the capability to accept imports of all types. That includes construction equipment of all sizes, weights, and brands, automobiles and trucks of all makes, models, and years, and personal effects such as furniture, appliances, and household goods.

Overseas Car and Heavy Equipment Shipping

For clients shipping cars, RORO is the best and most affordable option, unless personal effects need to be shipped as well, in which case K International Transport can arrange for container shipping for the car and effects. For construction equipment shipping, clients can transport anything from cranes and excavators to dump trucks, tractor-trailers, and bulldozers. Whether shipping for business, family, or to move overseas, Port Chennai can efficiently handle all cargo.

Other Details to Consider When Shipping to or from Chennai, India

Some notable features of Port Chennai, India, include:

  • Port Chennai was formerly known as Port Madras until it was renamed in 1996.
  • The port, and the state in which the port is located, is commonly known as the Gateway to South India.
  • Port Chennai is the third oldest and the second largest port in the country (out of twelve ports), and is the largest port in the Bay of Bengal.
  • The port was mostly used for passengers before beginning to handle containers in the 1970s and automobile shipments in the year 2000.
  • The port utilizes an artificial harbor on the Bay of Bengal.
  • Port Chennai has three docks and twenty-four berths.
  • The port consistently handles over 50 million tons of cargo annually, although it currently has the capacity to handle over 60 million tons annually.

An experienced international shipping company like K International Transport can help clients transport all cargo from ports in the United States including New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, California, and Washington, to Port Chennai, India via ocean freight shipping. K International can help clients make important decisions about their shipments, including the choice between container shipping options and RORO transport, and can give advice about customs regulations in India.

For more information about international automobile shipping, overseas container equipment transport, Port Chennai, or K International Transport’s services, call us at 212-267-6400 or email us at You can also reach out to us on Skype at kinternationalny. Clients can visit Port Chennai’s website at to learn more about the services offered in India. Contact K International Transport today for a quick international shipping quote from the United States to India!