Cambodia's 2nd largest port reports 16 pct rise in shipments last year

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-1-24 16:29:40

Cargo shipments entering and leaving Cambodia through the Phnom Penh Autonomous Port rose by 16 percent in 2013 thanks to better economic situation, according to a port's data on Friday.

The kingdom's 2nd largest port received 110,500 twenty-foot- equivalent units, or TEUs (standard-sized containers), last year, up 16 percent from 95,333 TEUs in a year earlier, showed the data.

The port's director general Hei Bavy attributed the growth to the rising shipments of garment products, construction materials, and agricultural products such as milled rice, dry rubber and cassava.

He said the port is projected to see an additional 20 percent growth this year.

Last year, the Phnom Penh Autonomous Port launched a China- funded container terminal with the capacity of 120,000 TEUs per year.

Earlier this week, the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, the country's largest shipping facility, also reported a 11 percent rise in cargo shipments last year.

Some 2.9 million tonnes of goods had been transported through the port last year, up 11 percent from 2.6 million tonnes in a year earlier, the port said.

The port's director general Lou Kim Chhun said the growth was due to better economic situation even though political dispute remained unsolved.

Both ports are the state-owned enterprises, which are due to be listed on the Cambodian Securities Exchange.

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