SIHANOUKVILLE Autonomous Port is expected to reach total shipments for the year of 2.2 million tonnes, or 17.4 percent more than last year, according to Ma Srun Hout, the port’s deputy director.
Ma Srun Hout attributed the increase in freight to the recovering global economy.
“Shipments across the port this year had good gains, compared to last year, given the economic situation is much better,” he told the Post yesterday.
Total freight for 2009 was 1,874,095 tonnes.
Official statistics for 2010’s first 11 months show the port has already reached total shipments of around 2,001,115 tones, a 16 percent increase on the first 11 months for last year which totaled 1,724,100 tonnes.
By category, almost a quarter of the total freight was for fuels. The second biggest category for shipment was coal, then metal, cement, heavy trucks and rice.
Of the shipments slated for export, the largest contributor was heavy trucks, followed by “container products” and scrap wood, according to the Ministry’s statistics.