Four more Chinese ports breach 100m tonnes mark.
THE number of Chinese ports with an annual cargo throughput of more than 100m tonnes has reached 20 after the inclusion of four new ports last year, according to China"s Ministry of Transport.
Transport ministry spokesman Wang Mingzhi said the four ports included two inland ports, Huzhou and Jiangyang, on the Yangtze river together with Zhanjiang in Guangdong province and Xiamen in Fujian province.
Mr Wang said the number harbours handling more than 100m tonnes had increased rapidly over the five years from 12 in 2006 to 16 in 2008 and 20 now in a move than reflected China"s economic expansion.
Huzhou transport bureau said the city"s port handled 149m tonnes of cargo last year, become the country"s second largest inland port after Suzhou in Jiangsu province close to Shanghai.
Cement accounted for 11% and other construction material 84% of Huzhou"s total throughput, fuelled by the boom in the country"s property market, the bureau said.
By comparison, total cargo throughput at Xiamen hit 101m between January and November last year, according to figures from Xiamen municipal government.
Mr Wang was positive about the significant growth of the inland ports such as Huzhou and Jiangyang.
?Inland ports have a strong advantage because they possess a large handling capacity over a relatively small amount of space,? Mr Wang told local media.
He pointed out that developing inland ports along the Yangtze and Xijiang rivers and along the Grand Canal in eastern China would be among the key tasks for Ministry of Transport in 2010.
The Ministry of Transport said China"s major ports handled 6.9bn tonnes of cargo in 2009, up 8.2% year on year. Coastal ports saw a 5.9% drop in total container throughput 109m teu while box volumes at inland ports fell 7.4% to 12m teu.