China’s 30 main ports handled 7.63 billion tonnes of cargo between January and August, up 2.8% on the same period in 2014. But this was less than the 4.8% annual growth in the previous year, data released by the Ministry of Transport (MoT) today showed.
From the total, 19 coastal ports dealt with 5.28 billon tonnes of goods, rising 2% y/y, while the other 2.35 billion tonnes were handled by river ports, growing 4.7% from the previous year, according to MoT.
In August, throughput at these 30 ports increased just 1% from the previous year, standing at 973 million tonnes, slower than the 4.7% annual growth in July.
During the first eight months of this year, the major ports handled 139 million teu, up 5.3% y/y, but still 0.4 percent lower than the same time in 2014. River ports witnessed a 10.1% annual growth by handling 14.5 million teu, while container volume of 11 coastal ports increased by 4.8%, amounting to 124 million teu.
Last month, the 30 major ports dealt with 17.9 million teu, up 2.1% y/y, and 4.4 percentage points less of the growth in July.
Foreign trade volume via the 30 ports amounted to 2.4 billion tonnes during the first eight months, up 1% y/y, and slower than the 7.4% annual growth in the previous year.