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Hong Kong records 4% drop in throughput for Q3 2009

Hong Kong records 4% drop in throughput for Q3 2009

Hong Kong: The port of Hong Kong reported a total throughput of 64.4m tons in the third quarter of the year, indicating a fall of 4% over the same period last year, writes Xinhua quoting the local statistical authority. Within this total, inward port cargo dropped 2% to 36.3m tons and outward port cargo fell 7% to 28.1m tons, the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department said.

Seaborne cargo fell 7% to 43.1m tons over the same period last year, while river cargo rose 1% to 21.3m tons. Imports rose 5% to 19.5m tons while inward transhipments fell 9% to 16.8m tons in the third quarter. Exports and outward transhipments dropped 8% to 10.3m tons and 6% to 17.8m tons.

Hong Kong port handled 5.6m teu of containers, down 16% over last year. Within this total, laden containers went down 13% to 4.8m teu, while empty containers fell 28% to 0.8m teu.

Of the laden containers, inward containers fell 13% to 2. 3m teu and outward containers fell 13% to 2.5m teu. Seaborne and river laden containers fell 14% and 10% to 3.5m Teu and 1.3m teu.

In the third quarter, the number of ocean vessel arrivals dropped 1% to 8,780, with the total capacity rising 1% to 94.3m net registered tons. The number of river vessel arrivals dipped 4% to 43,920, with the total capacity rising 1% to 24.9m net registered tons.  [04/01/10]

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