Hactl traffic stabilises

HONG Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) handled 2,323,605 tonnes of cargo in 2009, representing a year-on-year reduction of 8.3 per cent. Total volumes handled by Hactl for December and the fourth quarter were 232,476 tonnes and 699,489 tonnes, registering a growth of 38.5 per cent and 17.9 per cent respectively compared with the same periods in 2008.Export volume was 126,761 tonnes for December and 390,527 tonnes for the fourth quarter, increased 43.7 per cent and 16.9 per cent year-on-year respectively. Aggregate export tonnage for the whole year was 1,233,011 tonnes, down 11.6 per cent against 2008. Export to the US and Europe continued to improve in December with a growth of 39.9 per cent and 38.6 per cent respectively. The export trading to the mainland China improved with an increase of 58.6 per cent compared to the same period in 2008. A total of 65,386 tonnes of import cargo were registered, up 46 per cent year-on-year. Total import volume in the fourth quarter was 185,168 tonnes, with a growth of 29.5 per cent against last year whilst the aggregate import volume for the whole year dropped 3.1 year-on-year with a total of 624,714 tonnes.“2009 has been a year full of ups and downs,” said Lilian Chan, general manager, marketing and customer service. “We do not have a crystal ball to predict the market condition, but we are expecting a more stable year in 2010.” 

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