Freight handling at Karachi Port registers 6.44% growth

KARACHI: The cargo handling of Karachi Port has shown remarkable increase in container and all other types of freights that include break bulk, dry bulk and liquid bulk at the end of FY2013–14.

Comparatively, the port registered a growth of 6.44% and handled 41.350 million tonnes of cargo at the end of the previous fiscal year, as compared to 38.850 million tonnes in FY-2012–13.

The breakup of cargo indicates handling of dry cargo was 28.242 million tonnes against 26.829 million tonnes of last year which was up by 5.27%. On the liquid side, a total of 13.108 million tonnes liquid bulk cargo was handled against 12.021 million tonnes of FY2012–13, rising by 9.04%.

A similar upward trend was also seen in container handling at Karachi Port. The port handled 1.591 million TEUs at the end of FY2013–14, whereas it remained at 1.522 million TEUs in previous FY2012 –13, attaining growth of 4.55%.

The ship handling has also increased by 77 ships at the close of ending FY (2013 – 14) while handling 1673 ships which remained at 1596 the previous year.

KPT has focussed on measures to adapt itself to the demands of the trade. A constant endeavour continues to frame the policies and amend regulations to make them user friendly and growth oriented. A performance of this magnitude reflects trade oriented friendly policies of present government and efforts of Minister Kamran Michael. It also augurs well that port enjoys good relations with its clientele under the leadership of Chairman KPT Vice Admiral Shafqat Jawed.

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