ECONOMYNEXT – Container volumes handled at Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port grew 19 percent from a year ago to 581,345 containers in May 2021 amid global and domestic trade recovery, with transshipment volumes at Colombo rising 14 percent, official data show.
Domestic container volumes rose 42 percent to 100,964 twenty-foot equivalent units, though a little lower than the 109,522 units in 2019 before a Coronavirus pandemic, data released by the central bank shows.
Transshipment containers grew 14 percent to 464,269 units though down from 483,732 pre-Covid in 2019.
Up to May 2021, total container volumes were up 7.3 percent to 2.939 million TEUs, with transshipment up 5.2 percent to 2.358 million.
In 2019 pre-Covid Sri Lanka handled 3.591 million units. (Colombo/July16/2021)