Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) announced its tonnage throughput for March and the first quarter of 2011. A total of 254,819 tonnes were handled in March, showing a slight increase of 4.4% year-on-year. Cumulative tonnage for the first quarter was 649,722 tonnes, up 2.0% against 2010.
Export volume in March was 137,037 tonnes, up 4.3% compared with last year. Cumulative export tonnage for the first quarter was 335,099 tonnes, representing a drop of 1.0% year-on-year. Export to Japan in March registered a year-on-year drop of 18.3%. In the first quarter, export to China showed a year-on-year growth of 7.9% and export to Europe recorded a year-on-year decline of 6.0%.
A total of 64,227 tonnes of import cargo were handled in March, showing a year-on-year growth of 0.8%. Cumulative import tonnage for the first quarter was 175,588 tonnes, up 0.6% against the same period last year. Import from Japan in March showed a significant year-on-year decrease of 22.6%. In the first quarter, import from USA and Europe increased by 13.0% and 16.0%.
Transshipment volume for March recorded a growth of 9.3% year-on-year to 53,555 tonnes. Total transshipment volume for the first quarter was 139,035 tonnes, up 12.4% year-on-year.
“The quake and the subsequent tsunami crisis in Japan are bringing supply chain disruptions which would likely affect the aviation industry amid its recovery trajectory. While we observed a significant decline in export and import volumes to and from Japan in March, we will maintain a close watch on the situation and its potential impact on our tonnage volumes over the coming months,” said Lilian Chan, Executive Director of Hactl. “Hactl will always maintain a long term focus on our quality services despite the uncertainties ahead.”