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Container traffic drives growth in Ukraine's ports

During the first three quarters of the current year, Ukraine’s seaports increased their aggregate container handling volume by 15% year-on-year to 591,314 TEU, including 292,084 TEU of import, 277,026 TEU of export and 22.204 TEU of transit containers

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The volumes of import and export containers handled over the period increased by 16.2% y/y and 11.7% y/y respectively, continuing the trend of the past several years to more imports in the overall mix.


The "Big Odessa" ports (Yuzhny, Chornomorsk and Odessa proper) accounted for all container traffic, according to the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA), a branch of the country’s Infrastructure Ministry.


Port operators based in Odessa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhny accounted for 72%, 15% and 13% respectively of the total volume of containers handled between January and September 2018.


Specifically, volume at Odessa increased by 14.4% y/y to 425,071 TEU, including 217,950 TEU of import (up 13% y/y), 188,929 TEU of export (up 22.9% y/y) and 18,192 TEU of transit (down 23.2% y/y) containers.


Chornomorsk handled 88,733 TEU over the period, comprising 34,196 TEU of import and 54,537 TEU of export containers.


Volume at Yuzhny increased by 57.3% to 77,185 TEU, including 39,875 TEU of import (up 73.7% y/y), 33,517 TEU of export (up 37.6% y/y) and 3,793 TEU of transit (up 380% y/y) containers.


Last year, all the Ukrainian seaports handled 725,200 TEU, up 6.7% on 2016.


Making up just 8% of the overall cargo tonnage handled by the nation’s ports, containers are the main driver for growth. New intermodal services link the ports with the key regional centres.

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