As for TPS Pon Kumar, a Thoothukudi based exporter, shipments of salt to overseas countries were becoming infrequent in the current fiscal. While in previous fiscal years, exports crossed 1 lakh tonne, but now it just crossed only 60,000 tonnes. “Owing to a sharp increase in price of Thoothukudi salt at procurement level , shippers are reluctant to procure the commodity. Normally, the price ranges between Rs 600 to Rs 800 a tonne, but now it soared to Rs1,800. Only when the prices reduce, exports would rebound,” he said.