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Box cargo at 2.134 million TEUs, up 16%

CARGO throughput in the first half of the year grew 12% due to strong exports.

Volume from January to June reached 82.216 million metric tons (mmt) compared to 73.362 mmt in the same period last year, latest Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) data showed.

Domestic cargo totaled 36.286 mmt, 0.83% higher than last year’s 35.985 mmt while foreign cargoes improved 22.9% from 37.376 mmt to 45.930 mmt.

Cargo Traffic for January-June 2010
  Jan-June Inc/(Dec)
  2010 2009 Volume %
Cargo (mmt)     82,216,902     73,362,298      8,854,604             12.07
     Domestic      36,286,413     35,985,894         300,519              0.84
     Foreign     45,930,489     37,376,404      8,554,085             22.89
          Import     27,813,432     24,537,066      3,276,366             13.35
          Export     18,117,057     12,839,338      5,277,719             41.11
Container (in TEUs) 2,134,650 1,838,755         295,895             16.09
     Domestic 750,160 746,620             3,540              0.47
     Foreign 1,384,490 1,092,135         292,355             26.77
          Import 693,284 550,190         143,094             26.01
          Export 691,206 541,945         149,261             27.54
Passenger (millions)     27,088,820 23,478,413      3,610,407             15.38
      Domestic 27,066,041 23,450,825      3,615,216             15.42
      Foreign 22,779 27,588            (4,809)            (17.43)
Shipcalls 171,168         156,662           14,506              9.26
      Domestic 166,024 151,934           14,090              9.27
      Foreign 5,144 4,728               416              8.80

Source:Philippine Ports Authority

Export cargo soared 41.1% from 12.839 mmt last year to 18.117 mmt this year. Imports also increased but at a slower pace of 13.3% to 27.813 mmt from 24.537 mmt.

The South Harbor and the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) handled 13.99 mmt or 17% of the total cargoes for the period. The rest or 68.23 mmt went to other ports.

Significant volume growth was recorded in the ports of San Fernando, Surigao, Iligan, Puerto Princesa, Limay, Iloilo, Tacloban, Ozamiz and Zamboanga while declines were seen in South Harbor, Batangas, Calapan, Cagayan de Oro, Nasipit, Cotabato and General Santos.

Containerized cargo reached 2.134 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), up 16% over the 1.838 million TEUs posted in the same period last year.

Domestic and foreign container traffic increased 0.47% and 26.77%, respectively.

Containerized cargo at the South Harbor and MICT reached 1.295 million TEUs or a combined 60.68% of the total TEU.

Shipcalls grew 9.26% from 156,662 last year to 171,168 this year. Domestic and foreign vessel shipcalls improved by 9.27% and 8.80%, respectively.

Five ports failed to turn in a positive performance in the first half — Cagayan de Oro, Nasipit, Cotabato, Davao, General Santos, and MICT. Shipcalls at the MICT dipped 7.88%.

Passenger traffic reached 27.09 million, 15.38% higher compared to the same period last year. Majority of the ports showed increases in traffic, both foreign and domestic, except for South Harbor, Batangas, Puerto Princesa, Nasipit, Cotabato, Davao and General Santos.

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