Hong Kong sees decrease in port cargo and container throughput in Q1 2023, but increase in vessel arrivals

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2nd June 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) has released the statistics on vessels, port cargo, and containers for the first quarter of 2023. In this period, total port cargo throughput decreased by 2.8% compared to the same period in 2022, with inward port cargo decreasing by 5.3% and outward port cargo increasing by 1.9%. Seaborne cargo decreased by 12.3% compared to the same period in 2022, while river cargo increased by 23.4%.

Within inward port cargo, imports and inward transhipment decreased by 6.4% and 4.1%, respectively, compared to the same period in 2022. For outward port cargo, exports increased by 9.2%, while outward transhipment decreased by 0.1%. The port of Hong Kong handled 3.43 million TEUs of containers in this period, representing a decrease of 7.4% compared to the same period in 2022.

Comparing the first quarter of 2023 with the first quarter of 2022, double-digit increases were recorded in the tonnage of inward port cargo loaded in the United States of America, Indonesia, and the mainland of China. On the other hand, double-digit decreases were recorded in the tonnage of inward port cargo loaded in Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, and Thailand. For outward port cargo, double-digit increases were recorded in the tonnage of outward port cargo discharged in the mainland of China. On the other hand, double-digit decreases were recorded in the tonnage of outward port cargo discharged in Taiwan, the United States of America, Japan, Korea, and Australia.

The number of ocean vessel arrivals in Hong Kong increased by 30.2% compared to the same period in 2022, with the total capacity also increasing by 31.8%. Meanwhile, the number of river vessel arrivals increased by 59.4%, with the total capacity also increasing by 40.5%.