Asian container traffic jumps to 4.45m teus
INTRA-ASIA container cargo traffic topped 4.45 million twenty-foot equivalent units (teus) last year, up 13.9 per cent on 1993, according to shipping sources.
The figure represents the container traffic between Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea and Vietnam.
Japanese cargo bound for the nine other countries topped 1.13 million teus, up 12.4 per cent, while its imports amounted to 932,200 teus, up 13.4 per cent.
Taiwan's exports to the other Asian nations totalled 893,000 teus, up 15.7 per cent, and its imports 591,500 teus, up 10.1 per cent.
Hong Kong's export cargo amounted to 456,400 teus, up 10.9 per cent, and imports 1.09 million teus, up 17.6 per cent.
The figures for other countries were: The Philippines - exports 83,000 teus (up 8.9 per cent), imports 175,400 teus (up 33.1 per cent).
Thailand - exports 344,400 teus (up 23.7 per cent), imports 324,500 teus (up 15.4 per cent).
Singapore - exports 370,300 teus (up 14.2 per cent), imports 419,600 teus (up 16.6 per cent).
Malaysia - exports 215,000 teus (up 10.3 per cent), imports 239,900 teus (up 16.3 per cent).
Indonesia - exports 266,500 teus (up 17.1 per cent), imports 306,900 teus (up 13.8 per cent).
South Korea - exports 652,100 teus (up 15.5 per cent), imports 332,600 teus (up 3.3 per cent).