Sihanoukville port sees 14 pct rise in cargo

HNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) — Sihanoukville Autonomous Port has seen a 14 percent rise in cargo shipments over the first five month’s of 2013.

From January-May of this year, the port had received 112,200 twenty-foot-equivalent units, or TEUs (standard- sized containers), up 14 percent from 98,500 TEUs in the same period last year, according to port statistics.

419 ships had entered and left the port, up 5 percent compared with 400 ships in the same period last year.

“The growth is thanks to better economic situation in Cambodia and in the world,” the port’s director general Lou Kim Chhun said.

Goods leaving the country through the port are mainly garment and footwear products, and agricultural products, while cargo entering Cambodia are consumer products, autos, construction materials, machinery, steel, steam coal, and petroleum.

The port was expected to be listed on the Cambodian Security Exchange later this year.