China air freight up 18.7pc

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 June, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 June, 1994, 12:00am

CHINA recorded 18.7 per cent increase in air freight in the first five months of this year to 311,000 tonnes, according to latest government statistics.

Surface freight volume slipped two per cent in the period, equalling the first quarter rise. However, the total was 0.2 percentage points lower than the 2.2 per cent increase recorded in the first four months.

A report from the State Statistical Information and Consultancy Service Centre said freight transport volume totalled 1.13 billion tonnes in the January-May period. Of the total, rail freight registered growth of 3.6 per cent to 655 million tonnes.

Road freight in the period dropped by 9.1 per cent to 208 million tonnes.

Ship freight saw 7.9 per cent growth in the first five months to hit 275 million tonnes.

Freight turnover in the five months was up eight per cent to top 1.09 trillion tonne-kilometres.

Of the total, railways reported a seven per cent rise to 513 billion tonne-kilometres, while truck freight turnover dropped by three per cent to 12.2 billion tonne-kilometres.

Air freight turnover generated 729 million tonne-kilometres, up 12.8 per cent, and ship freight turnover climbed 9.1 per cent to 573.8 billion tonne-kilometres.

In May alone, railways shipped 138 million tonnes of freight.

Leading coastal ports handled 273 million tonnes of cargo in the first five months, 6.5 per cent more than in the same period last year.

For the whole of last year, transport volume fell 0.2 per cent.