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Colombo box traffic soars 16.4pc in January to 564,155 TEU


SRI LANKA's Port of Colombo saw its container throughput in January surge by 16.4 per cent year on year to 564,155 TEU fuelled by strong growth in transshipment volumes, up 20.4 per cent to 436,303 TEU.

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) controlled Jaya Container Terminal (JCT), one of three terminals at Colombo, recorded transshipment volumes of 164,252 TEU, a dramatic increase of 43.7 per cent. Across the country, SLPA volumes were up 24.8 per cent to 194,688 TEU.

The Port of Colombo received 332 containerships in January, an increase of 9.2 per cent. The facility is made up of the JCT, the South Asia Gateway Terminal and the Colombo International Container Terminal.

The SLPA is currently enacting a three-year development plan to accelerate port development and boost container volumes, reported Container Management.

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