KPT Handled 41.840 Million Tonnes of Cargo in Financial Year 2019-20
Karachi Port Trust handled 41.840 million tonnes of cargo during the ending financial year 2019-20. This accumulated grand total of imports and exports handling breaks up as handling of 32.040 million tonnes dry cargo and 9.80 million tonnes of liquid bulk cargo. Exports handling remained at 14.634 million tonnes and the imports handling closed at 27.206 million tonnes during the ending financial year. Further breakup shows that the port handled 18.069 million tonnes dry cargo imports, 9.137 million tonnes of liquid bulk cargo imports, 13.971 million tonnes dry cargo exports and 0.663 million tonnes of liquid bulk cargo exports during the ending financial year 201-20. Of the dry cargo handling, dry general cargo handling supersedes the dry bulk cargo handling. KPT has handled 15.358 million tonnes of dry general cargo imports (i.e. almost 85%) and 9.109 million tonnes of dry general cargo exports (i.e. about 65%). Besides this, port has three efficient container terminals handling containerize cargo. The ending financial year witnessed a handling of 1.992 million TEU (Twenty Equivalent Units – 20 ft. container box) accumulated imports and exports handling. Its breakup shows that the port handled 1.001 million TEU imports and 0.991 million TEU exports containers during the financial year 2019-20. KPT has handled 1492 marine vessels during this ending financial year. Breakup shows that the port handled 743 container vessels, 162 bulk cargo vessels, 173 general cargo vessels and 414 marine oil tankers during the financial year 2019-20. Even though the last leg of the ending financial year got rigged with covid-19 lockdown pandemic situation, the port was able to close the handling on upbeat. The port is expecting an early start of its bulk cargo terminal which will enable the port to handle more dry bulk cargo efficiently. The new financial year is expected to be an economic recovery year for the nation and the port is ready and propels to cash on its fruition through its efficient port operations.