Cargo through seaports surges hinh anh 1Loading cargo at Hai Phong Port (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - The volume of cargo transported through Vietnamese seaports has soared in the first nine months of 2018, particularly through ports in Quang Ninh and Ha Tinh provinces, according to the Vietnam Maritime Administration.

In the January-September period, nearly 386 million tonnes of cargo was shipped through seaports, including 13.3 million TEU of containers, an increase of 18 percent and 27 percent, respectively, over the same period last year.

In September alone, nearly 42.9 million tonnes of cargo was handled at seaports including 1.4 million TEU of containers, up 18 percent and 30 percent, respectively.

The largest volume of shipments was recorded at ports in Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau, Quang Ninh and Hai Phong.

Other ports saw large annual increases in the volume of cargo including Ha Tinh (up 97 percent), Quang Nam (up 83.5 percent), and NgheAn (up 81 percent).

In particular, the number of containers handled at Quang Ninh ports sharply rose by 161 percent in the first eight months of this year due to the effective trial run of the container terminal at Cai Lan port, according to the Vietnam Maritime Administration.

However, several ports in Kien Giang and Quang Tri provinces reported 32-67 percent decreases in the volume of shipments.-VNA