KARACHI: Amid global lockdowns relating to shipping operations and cargo handling, the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) saw an increase of 25 per cent in volume to 52.28 million tonnes (both import and export cargo) in the outgoing fiscal year compared to 41.84m tonnes in FY20.

Dry cargo exports rose by 9pc to 15.27m tonnes from 13.97m tonnes in FY20, KPT said in a statement issued on Friday.

According to the statement, KPT achieved highest-ever container handling of 2.29m TEUs (twenty feet equivalent unit) in the outgoing fiscal year.

Vessels’ movement increased by 21pc to 1,845 ships while containers carriers were reported at 868 in FY21 compared to 744 in FY20.

Bulk cargo ships stood at 280 in the outgoing fiscal year as against 172 ships in FY20.

Published in Dawn, July 3rd, 2021

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