China the origin of one fifth of containers entering Portugal

3 August 2006

Lisbon, Portugal, 03 Aug – Nearly one fifth of the containers that entered Portugal in 2005 for imports originated in China, which has been increasing its share of the traffic in Portuguese ports, the Diário Económico reported Thursday.

Data published by the newspaper in Lisbon indicated that of the 280,000 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit – a container measurement unit) imported by Portugal, 60,000 (21 percent) originated in China and 90,000 in the Far East (32 percent).

These figures do not include containers without cargo and those in transit at Portuguese port terminals and docks.

Imports and exports of containers in Portugal totaled 500,000 TEUs in 2005.

Container imports from China mainly comprise machinery, raw materials, cotton, textiles and electric appliances.

According to Portuguese port sources, China is the main driving force behind the current trend for exponential growth in container imports.

Exports by sea are expected to increase nine times this year.

The amounts of container imports originating in China have recorded two-digit growth. (macauhub)