CONTAINER cargo hauled between China and Japan in September totalled 64,664 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units), up up 8.3 per cent over the September 1993 figure, according to the Japan China Marine Transportation Association.
Containers hauled from China to Japan totalled 49,235 TEUs, up 8.6 per cent, and those from Japan to China numbered 15,429 TEUs, up 7.1 per cent.
Japanese shipments to Shanghai declined by 1.8 per cent to 5,100 TEUs, while those from Shanghai to Japan rose by 7.6 per cent to 15,575 TEUs.
Tianjin-bound shipments showed rapid growth with a 22.1 per cent increase to 2,436 TEUs, but those from Tianjin to Japan went down 1.6 per cent to 6,055 TEUs. Shipments from Japan to Qingdao were up 15.4 per cent to 1,172 TEUs, and those from the Chinese port to Japan were up 95.2 per cent to 8,051 TEUs.
Shipments to Dalian were up 0.7 per cent to 1,929 TEUs, and those from Dalian to Japan up 2.4 per cent to 5,732 TEUs.
Container cargo shipped from Japan to other Chinese ports rose by 11.8 per cent to 4,792 TEUs, but shipments from those ports to Japan declined by 7.7 per cent to 13,822 TEUs.
Japanese ships hauled 8,992 TEUs with a loading share of 13.9 per cent, posting a gain of 20.2 per cent.
Chinese vessels carried 55,672 TEUs, with a loading share of 86.1 per cent share, up 6.5 per cent from 1993.
International multimodal operator ITS Japan will start using the China Landbridge, an international transport route to central Asian countries via Lianyungang, China, this month. Cargo from Japan will be shipped by sea to Lianyungang and then carried to the border city of Ala Shan-Kou in China.
From there it will be transshippped onto the Kazakhstan Railway, heading for Almaty, via Druzhba on the Kazakhstan side.
Transit time from Japan to Almaty will be 20 to 25 days.
The company will establish an office in Bishkek, Kyrgystan, to provide local services, backed by its existing offices in Almaty, Tashkent, and other cities.
In China, the company will make arrangements for railroad transport in a tie-up with China National Foreign Trade Transportation Corp (Sinotrans).
Increasing numbers of shippers have established a business presence in central Asian countries, resulting in an increase in two-way cargo flow.