Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. handled 697,791 tonnes of cargo in the third quarter of 2012, its second-highest quarterly total since 2010. A respective 13.6 percent and 9.3 percent, year-over-year, hike in transshipments and imports in September contributed greatly to this load, Hactl explained in a press release.
Export levels also rose at Hactl in September, increasing 2 percent, year-over-year, to 123,343 tonnes; this figure marks the highest year-over-year increase since the post Chinese New Year bounce recorded in March. In total, Hactl handled 237,761 tonnes of freight last month, a 6.3-percent, year-over-year, surge.
Cargo traffic also improved from a nine-month standpoint, according to the press release. Hong Kong International Airport’s major airfreight handler saw 2,023,293 tonnes of freight pass through its doors from January to September, a 0.7-percent, year-over-year, increase. Although only a slight uptick, this figure marks the highest cumulative increase Hactl recorded since January 2011.
Hactl Executive Director Lillian Chan said she’s “encouraged” by these numbers, which are better than officials projected. “Exports from China are proving more resilient than many predicted, imports are looking better again, and transshipments continue to play an increasingly important part in our overall throughput, endorsing Hong Kong’s growing role as Asia’s cargo hub,” she said in a statement.
Chan’s also optimistic that 2012 will end on a strong note. “The slow but steady recovery in our figures also gives us reason to believe that 2013 trends should continue positively, and that we are back to sustained — if modest — overall industry growth again,” she added.