The latest statistics of the Port of Beirut showed that its revenues reached a cumulative US$ 100.5 million in the first seven months of 2012, up by 8.7% from the same period of 2011. It is noteworthy that the aforementioned total is the highest one reported since the same period of 2004, thus reflecting the growing trade activity as the Port handles the bulk of the exported and imported merchandise.
Such a fact is even more evident when looking at the tons of goods and the number of containers handled by the Port. In fact, both reported an annual increase of 9.2% and 6.5% respectively, to reach 4,144 thousand tons and 362,432 containers, also the highest levels seen since the first seven months of 2004. Conversely, the number of ships at the Port went down by 3.9% year-on-year to 1,202 vessels in the aforementioned period of 2012.
Lebanon Weekly Monitor – Bank Audi