The total container activity at the Port of Beirut (PoB) increased by 15.42% y-o-y during the first month of 2013 to reach 91,293 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) compared to 79,098 TEU recorded during the same period a year earlier.
This is primarily attributed to a significant increase in container activity (excluding transshipment) that spiked by 28.47% y-o-y to 56,239 TEU, while transshipment activity slid 0.76% y-o-y to 35,054 TEU. Demand for cars remained stable as the number of imported cars edged by 0.51% y-o-y to 7,251 units from 7,214 units in 2012.
As for merchandise activity conducted via the country’s main port, imported and exported merchandises fell by 1.36% y-o-y to 552,600 tons. The number of vessels that docked at port of Beirut reached 164 in January 2013, 7.87% lower than the 178 vessels that harbored during the same period in 2012.
The Lebanon Brief – Blom Bank