Philippines 2011 international box volume up 4.52pc to 2.98 million TEU

2012 03 10

THE Philippines Ports Authority (PPA) has experienced a 6.3 per cent increase in overall 2011 cargo volume to 162.2 million tonnes year on year, also posting 4.8 million TEU at its four ports in Luzon and Mindanao.

Domestic container growth was most pronounced at 17.53 per cent to 1.9 million TEU, but only increased 1.19 per cent to 74.86 million tonnes year on year.

International container volume was up 4.52 per cent to 2.98 million TEU against a robust uplift in cargo tonnage of 6.10 per cent to 102.48 million tonnes. Ship calls to ports dropped by 3.04 per cent to 335,580 from 345,096 year previous.

Growth increases were most marked at Surigao with 21.64 million tonnes while PMO in Puerto Princes, Palawan's growth rate was the highest at 56.8 per cent, said a statement from PPA.

Declines were the steepest at Iligan, down 19.97 per cent; Iloilo, down 19.6 per cent; Legazpi, down 13.6 per cent; Tacloban, down 10.7 per cent; Zambonga, off 9.96 per cent, with the smallest drop - 9.45 per cent - at Manila's North Harbour.

"This may be attributed to lesser exportation of coal, metal scrap, minerals, and importation of grains, cement and fertilisers" the PPA said.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

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