Hactl returns to growth in first half
Cargo throughput at Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) – the major air cargo handler at the world’s largest air cargo hub – showed consistent modest growth throughout the second quarter of 2012. The positive figures and progressive improvement throughout the first half of 2012 mean that Hactl has returned to sustained year-on-year growth for the first time since February 2011.
Hactl’s throughput for the first half of 2012 totalled 1,325,502 tonnes (down fractionally on 2011), comprising 691,684 tonnes of exports, 317,746 tonnes of imports and 316,072 tonnes of transhipments.
Exports exceeded 2011 figures in April, May and June 2012, as did transhipments – contributing to positive overall figures for all three months. Export volume to the growing markets, such as Middle East and
Imports once again held overall tonnages back, with a 7.8% fall in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. The Euro zone debt crisis remains unresolved: import volume from
Says Lilian Chan, Executive Director of Hactl: “The recovery trend in our total figures continues, and we seem likely to return to modest annual growth once again, as 2012 progresses. But the balance of our business has been shifting for two years: exports are holding their own, while it is transhipments which are showing steady growth, and are now regularly on a level with imports.