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Hactl handles 1.3 million tonnes in 2012


The airport's No 1 airport ground handler, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), has announced its first year-on-year growth since February 2011, handling 1,325,502 tonnes in the first half of 2012, with 691,684 tonnes of exports, 317,746 tonnes of imports and 316,072 tonnes of transshipments.
Export and transhipment volumes in April, May and June were better than the same period last year. Exports to Middle East were up 10.4 per cent and to southeast Asia 13.4 per cent year on year, according to Exim News Service.
Transshipments saw the strongest performance with 55,655 tonnes in June, which was close to the past two highest records in December 2011 and March 2012.
In the second quarter, Hactl handled 3,874 tonnes on 28 April, breaking its previous daily import record of 3,770 tonnes.
But imports experienced a 7.8 per cent decline in the first half of 2012 against the same period last year. Due to the persistent EU debt crisis, import volume from Europe in the first half of 2012 fell 13.2 per cent year on year.
On the contrary, imports volume from Middle East and southeast Asia in the first half of 2012 remained strong, with Middle East rising 27 per cent and southeast Asia 12.1 per cent. Also, June 2012 saw the best import growth since the end of 2010, up 7.2 per cent compared to last June at 58,322 tonnes.
"Overall, 2012 is looking better than we anticipated, and better than many predicted," said Hactl executive director Lilian Chan.
"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.
"Hong Kong's growing role as a transhipment hub for the entire region is clearly compensating for current instability in traffic to and from China. This underscores the importance of the airport authority's plans to build a third runway: we need this extra capacity if we are to protect the airport's role as a regional hub, and safeguard local employment and the economy of Hong Kong," she said.

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