The container throughput of Shenzhen Port reached 7.21 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in the first quarter (Q1), up by 35.31 percent since last year, statistics from Shenzhen Port Administration showed.
Data also showed that Yantian Port handled 3.66 million TEUs, an increase of 45.8 percent year on year, and that Nanshan Port, which includes Shekou Port, Mawan Port and China Merchants Port, handled 3.21 million TEUs, an increase of 25.49 percent. Dachanwan Port saw 333,400 TEUs, a year-on-year increase of 29.9 percent.
The bulk cargo throughput of Shenzhen Port reached 67.58 million tons, which is up by 29.2 percent year on year. Within the cargo shipped, 50.75 million tons were for international trade, up by 30 percent year on year, statistics showed.
The sharp increase of throughput marks how the trade industry has come out of the shade caused by COVID-19 and has retained and maintained the strong resilience of China’s economy.
The throughput at Yantian International Containers Port kept growing for 10 straight months and increased by 40 percent year on year in the first quarter.
In the same quarter, Yantian International Containers Port also opened nine new routes. The port attained an accumulative throughput exceeding 200 million TEUs on Feb. 1, only 26.5 years after it was put into operation in 1994.
In another development, the combined port service of Shenzhen and Ganzhou Port in Jiangxi Province was officially inaugurated with the arrival of a train packed with products for exportation from Ganzhou to Yantian Port.
The products, which were declared to customs in Ganzhou, will be directly loaded on the export ships without going through the previously necessary customs checks in Shenzhen.
Under the combined port service mechanism, imported products can be shipped to Ganzhou Port after a customs clearance at Dapeng Customs.
During the trial period over the past months, a total of 197 TEUs of containers were handled under the mechanism.