I refer to your article on September 3, entitled 'Shanghai holds the aces in business' and would like to point out some errors in the table showing the container throughout figures for the ports of Hong Kong and Shanghai for 1995-1999.
During the five years from 1995-1999, there was steady growth in container throughput in Hong Kong.
In 1998, the container throughput of Hong Kong port amounted to 14.58 million teus, instead of 9.55 million teus as you reported.
Similarly in 1999, the container throughput in Hong Kong rose to 16.21 million teus, not 10.3 million teus as in your table.
In fact, Hong Kong has been the world's No 1 container port for three consecutive years from 1995-1997 and regained this title again last year.
for Secretary, Port and Maritime
Reporter Clara Li replies . . .
The figures in the table about port throughput were obtained from Raymond Tse of the Statistics Department at the Hong Kong Port and Maritime Board.
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