Sri Lanka container transshipment down 3.3-pct, domestic down 14.4-pct
ECONOMYNEXT – Container throughput at Sri Lanka’s ports fell 5.2 percent to 6.85 million twenty foot equivalent unit in 2020 with a steep fall in domestic volumes amid import controls and a Coronavirus lockdown, official data showed.
Total domestic volumes fell 14.4 percent to 1,089,669 TEUs in 2020 from 1,273,333 in 2019.
Transshipment volumes fell 3.3 percent to 5,613,461 TEUs in 2020 from 5,802,060.
India is Sri Lanka’s top transshipment customer, which was also affected by Covid-19 lockdowns in 2020.
Colombo is the main container port.
In December domestic container volumes were down 7.3 percent to 104,474 TEUs.
Total containers handled fell 5.2 percent to 5,854,762 in 2020 from 7,228,338 in 2019.
Bulk cargo discharged at Sri Lanka’s ports were down 4 percent to 59.46 million metric tonnes. However in December volumes were up 2 percent to 5.25 million dollars.