Total throughput handled by Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (HACTL) so far this year remains ahead of 1995 despite a relatively static performance in July. Exports last month inched up 0.3 per cent to 58,073 tonnes and imports climbed 3.3 per cent to 52,425 tonnes while transshipments slipped 1.9 per cent to 14,590 tonnes. Total throughput to July 31 increased 3.2 per cent to 792,845 tonnes compared with the same period in 1995, with exports increasing 2.2 per cent to 355,015 tonnes, imports growing 5.1 per cent to 343,957 tonnes and transshipments shrinking 0.3 per cent to 93,873 tonnes. 'HACTL remains firmly on track for another recording breaking year, despite the continuing slowdown in economic activity in Hong Kong and its overseas markets,' HACTL managing director Anthony Charter said. He said he was pleased with last month's mishandling record. HACTL mishandled one in 30,815 consignments on inbound flights to Hong Kong compared with one in 63 recorded by its closest international competitor, Narita in Tokyo. The average mishandling rate on all inbound flights to Hong Kong was one in 26. 'The combination of increasing throughput and a minimal mishandling rate that is the envy of the international air cargo industry is a tribute to the professionalism and hard work of our staff and HACTL's investment in cutting-edge technologies over the years,' Mr Charter said.