HONG KONG Air Cargo Terminals (HACTL) last month recorded a 11.8 per cent rise in air freight throughput, to 110,400 tonnes, putting Kai Tak volume ahead of all three London airports. Export cargo rose 6.8 per cent to 51,289 tonnes, import cargo was up 12.2 per cent to 45,878 tonnes and transshipment goods rose 35.2 per cent to 13,233 tonnes. Only seven out of 202,384 consignments on 11,970 flights were reported as mishandled by HACTL, representing a mishandling rate of one consignment in 28,912. This compares with one in 72 arriving mishandled from Manila, one in 30 from Singapore and one in five from Chicago. Managing director Anthony Charter has said before that HACTL would never be entirely satisfied until it could get the figure down to zero - a target that will continue to be elusive despite efforts to improve. At the end of July, Hong Kong's cumulative air cargo throughput for this year was 666,277 tonnes, a rise of 14.8 per cent over the first seven months last year. The total comprised 300,700 tonnes of export cargo, 288,473 tonnes of import cargo and 77,034 tonnes of transshipment goods.