HK port cargo throughput down 4% in Q3

08:01, December 08, 2009      

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Hong Kong saw the total port cargo throughput fall to 64.4 million tons in the third quarter of the year, down 4 percent over the same period last year, the local statistical authority said Monday.

Within this total, inward port cargo dropped 2 percent to 36.3 million tons and outward port cargo fell 7 percent to 28.1 million tons, the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department said.

Seaborne cargo fell 7 percent to 43.1 million tons over the same period last year, while river cargo rose 1 percent to 21.3 million tons.

Imports rose 5 percent to 19.5 million tons while inward transhipments fell 9 percent to 16.8 million tons in the third quarter. Exports and outward transhipments dropped 8 percent to 10.3 million tons and 6 percent to 17.8 million tons.

Hong Kong port handled 5.6 million Twenty-feet Equivalent Units (TEUs) of containers, down 16 percent over last year. Within this total, laden containers went down 13 percent to 4.8 million TEUs, while empty containers fell 28 percent to 0.8 million TEUs.

Of the laden containers, inward containers fell 13 percent to 2. 3 million TEUs and outward containers fell 13 percent to 2.5 million TEUs. Seaborne and river laden containers fell 14 percent and 10 percent to 3.5 million TEUs and 1.3 million TEUs.

In the third quarter, the number of ocean vessel arrivals dropped 1 percent to 8,780, with the total capacity rising 1 percent to 94.3 million net registered tons. The number of river vessel arrivals dipped 4 percent to 43,920, with the total capacity rising 1 percent to 24.9 million net registered tons.

Source: Xinhua
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