Port of Hong Kong handles 5.7 million TEUs in Q1
Port statistics were just released by the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) for Quarter 1, 2012 . The stats show that the port of Hong Kong continues to grow as shipping container and cargo tonnage increased in the first quarter.
During Q1, the port of Hong Kong handled 5.7 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), a 4% growth from Q1 in 2011. In Q1, a total of 4.9 million laden containers were handled, a 7% increase, while 0.8 million empty TEUs passed through the port. Inward laden containers accounted for 2.4 million TEUs, while outward laden containers totaled 2.4 million TEUs as well.
The number of seaborne laden containers rose 10%, as 3.7 million TEUs were handled, with river-laden containers totaling 1.2 million TEUs.
Cargo tonnage also grew from the same time last year, as 64.5 million tonnes were handled, a 3% increase. Imports to the port of Hong Kong remained around the same, as 35.9 million tonnes of cargo were handled, while exports rose 7%, with 28.6 million tonnes of cargo transported. Cargo tonnage exported to the U.S. amounted to a 12% increase.