According to the latest annual statistics from Port Operators Association of Turkey, ports that capable of handling container ships of 2 million 440 thousand 721 TEU in total; increased by 3,8 percent in the third quarter, compared to last year.
As a vital point of Turkish economy; authorities pleased with results from the marine trade in the third quarter.
Growth by 3,8 Percentage Points
In the third quarter that including July, August and September,TÜRKLİM member ports, which have 92 percentage of total level of activity; handled container ships of 2 million 440 thousand 721 TEU in total; with growth of 3.8 percent compared to the same quarter last year.
Container Transportation Rose by 7.2 Percent
Container Transportation rose by 7.2 percent with 881 thousand 380 TEU container ships, compared to last year.
Transit Transportation Rose by 7.4 Percent
As one of the most substantial operation, transit transportation increased by 7.4 percent compared to the same quarter last year.
Coasting Trade Dropped 93.2 Percent
According to the statistics of importation; ports ended third quarter of last year with handled container ships of 824 thousand 536 TEU in total. Ports handled container ships of 812 thousand 898 TEU in total with a loss percentage of 1.4.
Gap Between Imports and Exports Shrank
TÜRKLİM member ports handled 28 million 432 thousand 798 tons in total, in the third quarter of 2018.
22 million 510 thousand 757 tons were handled in general cargo transportation in the third quarter of last year, whereas it drops to 18 million 333 thousand 478 tons in this quarter.
Gap between volume of imports and exports was around 17 million 526 thousand 849 tons, whereas it shrinks to 12 million 402 thousand 622 tons in this quarter.
Serhan OKTAY - TURKISHMARITIME