KARACHI: The Karachi Port handled 24.485 million tonnes of cargo during the first half (July-December) of 2015-16 as compared to 21.652m tonnes handled in the same period last year, an increase of 13.08 per cent.
Bulk of cargo handled by the port was related to imports which grew by 18.15pc year-on-year while export cargo registered a decline of 4.13pc.
As per the official data, import of dry general cargo grew by 21.87pc to 8.321m tonnes from 6.828m tonnes in July-December 2014-15.
Dry bulk cargo handling also grew by 8.64pc to 4.314m tonnes from 3.971m tonnes in the same period last year.
Import of liquid bulk cargo rose 20.24pc to 7.131m tonnes from 5.930m tonnes in July-December 2014-15.
However, handling of export cargo fell to 4.718m tonnes from 4.921m tonnes.
As per the break-up of exports, the port handled 3.746m tonnes of dry general cargo as compared to 3.587m tonnes, an increase of 4.43pc year-on-year.
However, export of dry bulk cargo declined by 45.56pc to 323,807 tonnes from 594,757 tonnes. Export of liquid bulk cargo also dipped 12.33pc to 648,127 tonnes from 739,317 tonnes in the same period last year.
During July-December 2015-16, the port handled 938,258 TEUs as compared to 833,158 TEUs in the same period last year, a growth of 12.61pc.
As per the details, handling of import containers grew 12.94pc to 484,797 TEUs from 429,238 TEUs. While, handling of export cargo containers also rose 12.27pc to 453,461 TEUs from 403,920 TEUs in July-December 2014-15.
Courtesy : Dawn News