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Cambodia’s largest port sees 14 pct rise in cargo shipment in 5 months

PHNOM PENH, June 12 (Xinhua) — The Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, the kingdom’s largest shipping facility, has seen a 14 percent increase in cargo shipment in the first five months of this year thanks to growing business activities, a port senior official said Wednesday.

During January-May period this year, the state-owned 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 the port’s statistics.

During the period, 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.

He said goods leaving Cambodia through the port were mostly garment and footwear products, and agricultural products, whilst cargo entering Cambodia via the port were consuming products, autos, construction materials, machinery, steel, steam coal, and petroleum.

The port was expected to list on Cambodian Security Exchange later this year, he said.


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