Container throughput at Kwai Chung terminal last month rose 14.1 per cent from November last year, the highest growth recorded this year. The terminal handled 885,330 standard containers, or 20-foot equivalent units (teu), the Port and Maritime Board said. A board spokesman said accumulated throughput between January and last month was up 7.5 per cent to 9.4 million teu. Shipping officials said last month's increase was mainly due to a rush by shippers to meet strong demand from buyers in the US and Europe, and partly to avoid problems during the roll-over to 2000. Secretary for Economic Services Stephen Ip Shu-kwan recently said that Hong Kong port, comprising Kwai Chung, mid-stream operators and river trade, was expected to handle 15.6 million teu this year. This would represent a 7.58 per cent increase on last year's throughput of 14.5 million teu. Hong Kong last year lost its title of the world's busiest container port to Singapore. PSA Corp, which runs Singapore port, expects its total volume of container goods this year to rise by less than 6.7 per cent, matching last year's figure. The new Malaysian port at Tanjung Pelepas, has taken some of the throughput which would otherwise have gone through Singapore.