19-07-2016

Hong Kong H1 box volume plunges 10.5pc with June throughput down 8.6pc

HK

HONG Kong's container throughput fell 10.5 per cent in the first six months of 2016 compared to the same period last year, continuing a steady decline that has seen the terminals registering volume declines every month since July 2014.

The container terminals, mid stream and river trade volume registered 9.16 million TEU from January to June, with June volume dropping 8.6 per cent to 1.6 million TEU, according to IHS Media.

Most of the Hong Kong's volume is from the container terminals at Kwai Chung that handled 7.24 million boxes in the first six months, 9.2 per cent down year-on-year.

A large part of Hong Kong's port decline can be laid at the unwillingness of the government to address its failings over more than a decade such as insufficient back-up land at the terminals, cost and delays of bringing containers across the border from China factories and the inability of Chinese truckers to drive in Hong Kong.

In addition, there's the problem with container lines' unwillingness to reduce terminal handling charges making the port more expensive than the Shenzhen alternatives.

The Hong Kong government is taking measures to increase back up land at the terminal and is providing additional barge berths, but the measures come far too late to stop what appears to be a slow but terminal decline.

In a bid to address the many challenges, the old Maritime Industry Council and the Port Development Council have combined to form the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board that is chaired by the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Anthony Cheung.

Source: Schednet

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