The port of Hong Kong saw a 4.5% rise in throughput in May to 1.95 million TEU from 1.87 million TEU as the figures normalised after the port strike in April last year. Volumes at the main Kwai Tsing terminals rose 9% to 1.56 million TEU.
However as usual, the lacklustre performance at the non-Kwai Tsing terminals, which fell 10.5% to 390,000 TEU from 436,000 teu the year before, were a drag on overall performance.
For the year-to-date, overall throughput rose 3.5% to 9.2 million TEU. Month-on-month, the number of boxes moved dipped slightly from the 1.96 million TEU handled in April.
However these are the months before the high season kicks in and can see variable figures from year to year.