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Hong Kong Port Container Volume Increases in April 2011 but can it make NUMBER 1 Port for 2011?!

April 2011 saw Hong Kong Port handle 2,020,000 TEU. This is a 4 per cent increase on April 2010 throughput of 2,000,00 TEU. The port of Singapore registered  impressive growth of nearly 6 percent to 2.5 million TEUin April 2011 from 2.4 million in April 2010

Currently the worlds top 10 ports stand as follows (Approx figures based on industry sources)

1- Singapore in 2010 handled around 25.8 MILLION TEU

2 – Shanghai in 2010 handled around 25 MILLION TEU

3 – Hong Kong in 2010 handled around 21 MILLION TEU

4 -Shenzhen in 2010 handled around 18 MILLION TEU

5 -Busan, South Korea in 2010 handled almost 12 MILLION TEU

6 -Guangzhou in 2010 handled just over 11.1 MILLION TEU

7-Dubai UAE in 2010 handled around 11.1 MILLION TEU

8- Ningbo in 2010 handled around 10.5 MILLION TEU

9- Qingdao in 2010 handled around 10.2 MILLION TEU

10- Rotterdam, the only port in EUROPE in the top 10 in 2010 handled around 10 Million TEU

SIX of the top 10 ports in 2010 are located in China, which goes to show the growth and strength of the Chinese economy, Singapore and Shanghai are set to slog it out for the TOP Port of 2011 with Shanghai narrowly leading the race!

For more information on Import, Export, Freight Forwarding and import from any of the TOP 10 ports in the world, and beyond please call our Experts on 02392 75 65 75

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New Cranes Add Additional Capacity to Southampton Container Port

Southampton Port, the UK’s Second Busiest, has increased port operational capacity by adding two new cranes this week.

The addition of the latest pair of super-post panamax cranes to Southampton Port’s operation has increased the total number of cranes to 12, the cranes nicknamed Delta and Charlie unloaded their first containers this week from vessels APL Turkey and MOL Charisma.

The cranes form part of the ports development plan along with the recent rail upgrade and future development of a new port area.

This is an important addition to Southampton port, it means that Import and Export Containers can load and unload quicker making Cargo available sooner to Freight Forwarders, making the Import and Export cargo operations run more efficiently and smoothly and ultimately means that cargo can arrive at destination that little bit quicker!

For more information on Southampton Port, Import and Export from the UK please call us NOW on 02392 75 65 75 to discuss your requirements with an experienced member of the Mercator  Cargo Team!

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Expansion at the Port of Liverpool (Mersey) offers potential to Freight Forwarders

The Port of Liverpool (Mersey) has recently taken delivery of a new harbour crane which is due to begin operating at the Port of Liverpool later this month. This makes Liverpool an increasingly viable option for freight forwarding in and out of the UK via the port or down the Manchester Ship Canal.

The installation of the additional lifting machinery marks the start of a planned expansion at the port over 2011, demonstrating a commitment to investment and growth in the port. This is great news to freight forwarders looking to use the Port of Liverpool and the Manchester Ship Canal for freight forwarding services in the future. The use of the port for the import and export of ocean container freight is becoming an increasingly viable option. Liverpool is ranked as one of Britain’s major container ports and handles around 700,000 containers each year.

For more information on the above developments and the potential the Port of Liverpool will start to offer importers and exporters over the coming years please contact freight forwarder Mercator Cargo Systems today on 02392 75 65 75 to speak to an experience members of our team.

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New Car Terminal for Grimsby, United Kingdom

Car trade through the UK port of Grimsby is set to surge as the Secretary of State for Transport approved a proposal to develop two roll on roll off (ro-ro) riverside terminals for the transportation of cars.

The two new terminals will accommodate vessels carrying over 2000 vehicles and the port will see a significant increase in its cargo capacity. The development is the largest project in Grimsby’s recent history.

The news comes after recent consent was granted to the Port of Southampton to upgrade berths to be able to accommodate ultra large container ships calling at the UK in the next few years. These developments mean these two UK ports will continue to serve the UKs increasing demand for imports and exports in years to come.

For more information on the developments and the potential the Port of Grimsby will start to offer importers and exporters over the coming years please contact Mercator Cargo Systems today on 02392 75 65 75 to speak to an experience members of our freight forwarding team today.

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Asian Terminals and Ports Need New Investment

Several major terminals and ports in Asia are suffering from congestion due to rapid growth in the freight forwarding industry. Freight forwarders and shipping analysts are now calling for urgent investment into these ports to increase capacity and reduce congestion.

This has been caused by the increase in the size of vessels used to transport cargo worldwide. An average vessel now carries up to 4000 containers, whereas only a few years ago the average vessel had a 1000-2000 container capacity. This major leap has increased the strain on terminal capacity at many Asian ports.

Asian Terminals:

  • Vietnam: New terminals have recently opened in Vietnam, but there is still room for improvement in operations and size of terminals.
  • Indonesia and Jakarta: Growth is good and potential is strong but investment in ports is desperately needed to realise the potential in this growth. Severe backlogs are being seen as exports from Asia surge.
  • Bangladesh: In the port of Chittagong the volume of containers has been causing problems.

If you are looking to import or export to or from Asia and are concerned about the congestion currently being seen at ports in these countries, contact Mercator Cargo Systems now for up to date information, advice and solutions to your freight forwarding.

Our global network of freight forwarders with over 225 offices in over 82 countries worldwide means we are able to get up to date, local and specialist on the ground knowledge of the freight situation in almost any country worldwide. This truly comprehensive network means we are able to offer you a superior and informed global freight forwarding service.

Contact us today on 02392 75 65 75 to talk to an experience member of our freight forwarding team today.

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Second Terminal for Vietnam

The growth potential of Vietnam was highlighted earlier this week when the second of two major container terminals was opened within two weeks of the last.

The Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) handled its first vessel earlier this week, when the CMA CGM Columba arrived at the port. With a capacity of 11,500 containers, the Columba is also the largest ever vessel to call in Vietnam.

The terminal has a capacity of 1.1 million containers. It is located 50km south-east of Ho Chi Minh City and it is the first to offer shipping lines direct access to the newly dredged 14 metre draught Cai Mep Terminal Channel.

To discuss the possibilities the opening of this new container terminal brings to world trade possibilities and the implications of its opening on your shipping requirements, please contact Mercator Cargo Systems today on 02392 75 65 75.

Mercator Cargo is an established freight forwarder in the UK. Celebrating its 20th year in business in 2011 it is a long standing member of the British International Freight Association.  

With extensive experience in all aspects of freight transport, customs clearance and international shipping, the companies dedicated team of freight forwarders are able to find you the most reliable and cost effective international sea, road, air and rail freight forwarding services for your cargo.

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The Port of Dover – “The People’s Port”

People of the UK town of Dover have overwhelmingly voted against plans to privatise Europe’s busiest ferry port. Over 25% Dover’s community, or 5,357 people, turned out to vote and 97.8% of these voters were against privatising the port and keeping it as The People’s Port.

Recommendations to privatise the port come from a requirement to fund a new terminal estimated at £400 million, necessary to meet expected growth over the coming years. This is funding the port suggests it is unable to fund itself.

As well as the local community, the People’s Port has the backing of major banks, users of the port, the town’s MP and Dame Vera Lynn, who sang the iconic WW2 anthem White Cliffs of Dover.

The result will put pressure on the government to opt for the People’s Port. Even if the People’s Port proved successful, they are likely to still review the current plans for building a new terminal and keep sufficient land available to develop the capacity necessary in the future.

Should you have any questions regarding a shipment which will shortly be passing through the Port of Dover (UK), please contact Mercator Cargo today to discuss your shipment on 02392 75 65 75.

Mercator Cargo is an established freight forwarder in the UK. Celebrating its 20th year in business in 2011 it is a long standing member of the British International Freight Association. 

With extensive experience in all aspects of freight transport, customs clearance and international shipping, the companies dedicated team of freight forwarders are able to find you the most reliable and cost effective international sea, road, air and rail freight forwarding services for your cargo.

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Shipping Lines still calling at Tokyo and Japanese Ports

A majority of the shipping lines are still calling at Japanese container ports, despite concerns over increased radiation levels.

The following five shipping lines are continuing normal services to the Tokyo Bay area as scheduled following the radiation leak from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant 220km to the north of Tokyo.

  • NYK Line
  • K Line
  • Evergreen Marine
  • Maersk Line,
  • MSC
  • CMA CGM
  • OOCL

However German based shipping line Hapag-Lloyd continues to omit Tokyo, Yokohama and Nagoya from its sailings but is retaining calls to Kobe.

Many shipping lines are implementing “precautionary measures” onboard its vessels to ensure safety of crews and cargo as concerns grow about potential radioactive contamination of goods loaded inside some containers.

Should you have any concerns regarding a your current shipment with Mercator Cargo, or a shipment you will be shortly shipping to or near the Tokyo Bay area, please contact Mercator Cargo today to discuss your shipment on 02392 75 65 75.

Mercator Cargo is an established freight forwarder in the UK. Celebrating its 20th year in business in 2011 it is a long standing member of the British International Freight Association.  

With extensive experience in all aspects of freight transport, customs clearance and international shipping, the companies dedicated team of freight forwarders are able to find you the most reliable and cost effective international sea, road, air and rail freight forwarding services for your cargo.

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EU Bans Shipping Confrences

With effect from 17th October 2008 shipping conferences will be illegal in the European Union as a result of anti-trust legislation. steamship lines will be unale to collude with others on freight rates, surcharges and ancillary costs. We expect the market to be voliatile in the coming months. As a founder member of MarcoPoloLine with it’s huge network and buying power Mercator is in a strong position to offer competitive freight rates, so don’t hesitate to contact us now with your enquiries. paul@mercatorcargo.co.uk

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