Sea ports and terminals of Georgia processed 8.3 million tons of cargo in January-June of 2017, which is 1.2% less than in the first half of 2016, the Ministry of Economic Development of Georgia said.
In the port of Poti 3.2 million tons of cargo was handled (up 6.7%), and in the Batumi port the index was 2.2 million tons (a decrease of 15.4%).
Container shipments in these ports for the six months of this year increased by 16.2% to 178,625 thousand TEU (the equivalent of a 20-foot container), including 144,886 TEU (10.6% growth) in Poti and 33,739 TEU in Batumi (an increase of 48.3%).
Two other seaports of Georgia, Supsa and Kulevi, through which only oil and oil products are transported, handled 2.9 million tons of cargo (at the level of January-June 2016). The Supsa terminal, where oil is transported via the Baku-Supsa pipeline, handled 2.1 million tons (as a year ago), and 0.8 million tons of oil and oil products was transshipped through the Kulevi terminal owned by the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (as a year ago).
* In 2016, the volume of cargo transshipment through sea ports and terminals of Georgia amounted to 17.6 million tons, an increase of 8.3% compared to 2015.