Unloading containers in Hai Phong port (Photo: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – The volume of cargo passing through seaports across Vietnam rose by 19 percent to 478 million tonnes in the first 11 months of 2018, according to the Vietnam Maritime Administration.

The volume included 16.3 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) of containers, up 26 percent from the same period last year.

In November alone, seaports nationwide handled nearly 43.5 million tonnes of cargo, up 20 percent year-on-year.

The biggest growth in freight volume was recorded at ports in the central province of Quang Nam at 132 percent, followed by Ha Tinh with 100 percent, and Nghe An by 63 percent.

Ports seeing the highest growth rate of containers year-on-year were those in Dong Thap with 117 percent and Quang Ninh at 104 percent, which were attributed to the new international container terminal in the province’s Cai Lan Port.

Meanwhile, several ports in Kien Giang and Quang Tri reported declines in freight volume, ranging from 33 percent to 59 percent year-on-year.

Vietnam currently has 44 seaports with a total design capacity of 470-500 million tonnes of cargo each year.–VNA