Container throughput at Kaohsiung port sees 1.5-percent growth in 2012


TAIPEI — The Port of Kaohsiung handled 9.78 million 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) containers in 2012, an increase of 1.5 percent from the previous year, Taiwan International Ports Corp. said yesterday. The growth was comparable to that of Shanghai and Ningbo and better than Hong Kong and Shenzhen, which recorded a decline last year, said Hsiao Ding-hsun, chairman of the company.

In particular, transshipments handled by Kaohsiung rose 8.5 percent, Hsiao said.

During the first 10 months of 2012, containers with goods exported to or imported from China through Kaohsiung totaled 813,935 TEUs, up 7 percent from the year-earlier level, according to statistics compiled by the company.

Based on data released in November 2012, Kaohsiung was ranked as the world’s 12th busiest container port.