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Published: July 2006      

Hong Kong losing out to lower cost competition

SAR Hong Kong’s throughput in the six months of this year rose 6.6% to 11.4M TEU, of which the nine container terminals handled 7.41M TEU, up 8.4% year on year. June volumes rose just 3.8% year on year to 2M TEU, down from 12.5% in May, with the sluggish growth attributed to a decline in river terminal and mid-stream traffic and growing competition from Shenzhen terminals. River terminal and mid-stream throughput declined 3.4% in the six months to 4M TEU, while their June volumes were down 4.3% to 700,000 TEU.

June throughput at the 2-berth COSCO-HIT Terminals plunged 28% to 122,300 TEU, pushing its six-month total to 942,500 TEU, down 12.6%. Throughput at Modern Terminals Ltd (MTL), the second-largest operator at Hong Kong’s Kwai Chung container port, rose 6% in June to 465,000 TEU, but its six-month volumes rose just 1% to 2.5M TEU. Hongkong International Terminals (HIT), the largest operator at Kwai Chung, does not release monthly figures but an insider said its throughput was up about 4% in the six months....


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