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Karachi Port Trust handles 52.49 mt of cargo

07 July 2017 | Karachi


The Karachi Port Trust (KPT), the country’s oldest seaport, handled a record high 52.49 million tonnes (mt) of cargo in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017.

This is 5% higher than 50.05 mt in the previous fiscal year 2016. KPT said in a press statement on Wednesday, “The cargo handling operations, including export and import at KPT, remained brisk in the financial year 2016-17 and the KPT broke its own record.”

The port, which has a long history of handling imported urea, loaded the commodity for export for the first time in contemporary times after supply gluts in local markets.

KPT said in a statement, “The port recorded handling of export of urea this year apart from handling other import commodities like fertiliser and seeds.”

The port usually imports edible oil, soybean seeds, petroleum products, pulses, coal, steel coils, cars and project cargo. And it usually exports the commodities including textile goods, cotton, cement and meat. The port handles around 60% of the total import and export cargo of the country, it was learnt. Port Qasim and Gwadar are the other two seas ports of the country.

The latter is yet to gear up full-fledge operations like the two others in the country. Accordingly, it handled 2.11 million TEU (Twenty Equivalent Units – ie equivalent to 20 feet container box size) against 1.96 million TEU during the same period of last year – showing a growth of 7.65% in the year.

It handled 37.17 million ton dry import and export cargo in the year, which was 7.46% higher than 34.59 million ton handled in the previous fiscal year.

The ships’ traffic at the port has also improved during the financial year 2016-17. It witnessed arrival and departure of 758 container ships, 244 bulk cargo ships, 379 general cargo ships and 541 oil tankers.

In the previous fiscal year, the port anchored 738 container ships, 222 bulk cargo ships, 374 general cargo ships and 559 oil tankers.

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