Seaports volumes reached 7.29m teu in the January-March period, up from 7.19m teu a year earlier.
Export and import cargo increased 4.5% year-on-year to 4.24m teu in the first quarter. The Ministry attributed the growth to stronger trade with China and Canada.
South Korea said it expects the amount of containerised cargo handled at seaports continuing to increase in line with the global vaccination programme along with global economic stimulus measures.
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