HCM City remains the biggest gateway for import-export activities as throughput at seaports here increases by 11% this year to an estimated 25 million tonnes, or more than one-third of the total national figure, a port official said.
Ho Kim Lan, general secretary of the Vietnam Port Association (VPA),said yesterday the figure was available by summing up figures reported by all port members of the VPA.
The association groups together40 ports among a total 110 ports nationwide. However, all other non-member ports are small and run by enterprises for their own use, and many of them are for fuel handling only.
“The throughput in HCM City is an encouraging figure, and compare well to the total 73 million tonnes nationwide estimated for this year,” Lan said. Last year, throughput at all VPA member ports totalled 64 million tonnes, or 80% of the national figure.
Lan, who is also manager of international relations at Saigon Port, said his port also fared well, with a throughput of 10.9 million to date. By the end of this year, the figure should be 11.5 million tonnes, the same as last year’s.
The standstill is attributed by Lan to the collection of traffic toll on the streets leading to Saigon Port, as well as the plan to replace inner-city ports by future outlying ones in Nha Be and Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
Khanh Hoi, Nha Rong, Tan Thuan 1, and Tan Thuan 2 ports saw lower throughput this year, while Ben Nghe, Lotus, and VICT enjoy an increase in the handled volume of cargoes.
In related news, Danang Port in central Vietnam has reported an estimated throughput of 2.3 million tonnes this year, 5% higher than the year’s target and 6% higher than that last year, said Nguyen Thu, general director of the port.
Thu said the port is poised to become a major gateway into the central region owing to the development of many key infrastructure projects in the region, including bridges, roads and wave-breakers.
“Da Nang Port will become a modern container terminal in the central region capable, of handling large cargo vessels,” Thu added.