Hong Kong port volumes up 10.3% in April off strike-hit low base

Container throughput at the Port of Hong Kong apparently continued to improve with volumes rising 10.3% in April to 1.96m teu from 1.78m teu in the previous corresponding period

However, last year's figures were severely impacted by the port strike which lasted through all of April.Compared with the 1.98m teu moved in April 2012, throughput would actually have dropped. Month-on-month volumes also dropped from 1.99m teu in March.

April's figures for the main Kwai Tsing terminals expectedly showed a 14.7% improvement to 1.53m teu however at the non-Kwai Tsing terminals, where some of the boxes may have been diverted during the strike, throughput dropped by 3.1% to 430,000 teu.

Cumulative throughput for the year increased 4.7% to 7.38m teu.

Posted 19 May 2014

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Vincent Wee

Asia Editor, Seatrade Maritime News

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