December 10, 2018
Georgia’s major Black Sea ports have seen a serious downturn in volume in the first three quarters of 2018, compared to 2017. The 1.1. million ton difference is a combination of decreases at all four ports – Batumi, Poti, Kulevi, and Supsa. In total, volume is 8% lower in January-October 2018, compared to the same period in 2017, says the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development.
In the January-October 2018 period, 12.4 million tons of cargo passed through Georgian ports. Poti saw the most significant decrease – a 5 million ton decrease to 5.1 million tons – a nearly 50% loss. Batumi’s cargo volume decrease just 0.4 million tons to 3 million. Kulevi, Georgia’s current northmost port, saw a 0.3 million ton decrease to 1.1 million tons, and Supsa handled 3 million tons, with a decrease of only 0.1 million tons.
Interestingly, the decrease in weight was not due to an overall decrease in individual containers. Batumi and Poti ports combined increased their number of containers by nearly 16% to 370,128 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) containers.
The total turnover from January-October in Georgia, including all modes of transport, was 33.2 million tons, a 0.2 million ton decrease year-on-year. Through September, the largest volume of cargo was transported through Georgia overland by truck, amounting to 22.5 million tons, a 0.2 million ton increase year-on-year. Railway cargo transport decreased by 0.4 million tons to 7.5 million tons. Air transport also saw a decrease, 29% to 18.9 million tons.
Decreases in cargo transport were somewhat offset by an 8.8 million person increase in passenger transit compared to January-September 2017. 302.7 million passengers were transported by highways during the first nine months of the year, 2.2 million by rail and 3.9 million by air.
Source: Georgia Today
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