East London container traffic growth

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CONTAINER TRAFFIC through East London harbour is set to double, according to Portnet spokesman Terry Taylor.

CONTAINER TRAFFIC through East London harbour is set to double, according to Portnet spokesman Terry Taylor. He says an increase in cargo both into and out of East London can be attributed to the increase in motor vehicle shipments and to the regular direct sailings introduced last year
from Europe and the Far East. Taylor said that in the 1999-2000 financial year fewer than 20000
container units (TEUs) came though East London. In the 2000-2001 year annual traffic increased to
28187 TEUs, an average of just over 2000 a month. "Since October last year we have had a steady
increase of cargo and in March this year the port handled 4209 TEUs and last month this figure
totalled 4722 TEUs. Taylor says the two factors contributing to the growth in container traffic
are an increase in motor vehicle components and the introduction of two regular services calling
at East London direct from Europe and the Far East. "This service has created shipping opportunities
for local shippers and it seems both manufacturers and importers are taking advantage of this."
Taylor said the big opportunity lay on the export side where local companies are able to send
their goods out regularly every week without the situation in the past where cargo left East
London by ship, road and rails for trans-shipment. Another bonus is that cargo is now being
brought into East London and is being shipped out to other ports for onward transmission." He
added that the car import and export business has also greatly contributed to the harbour's higher
profile in shipping circles. DaimlerChrysler's East London plant, which is situated next to the
harbour, is the sole supplier of right-hand-drive C-Class Mercedes Benz cars to the world market.

Publisher: CIMEC
Source: CIMEC

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