New inland terminal for China

New inland terminal for China

China's inland Port of Yangzhou has opened one new terminal and is readying work on two more as cargo volume continues to soar.

The newly completed terminal, on the Yangtze near Nanjing, has annual capacity of 550,000 tons and is intended to spur both maritime and logistics operations.

Vice Mayor Ji Chun-ming said Yangzhou will start construction on a second multipurpose terminal of similar size and a container terminal, but gave no details.

Yangzhou handled 8.6 million tons of cargo last year, up 40 percent on the previous year; container throughput hit 136,000 TEUs, a record.

The economic development region in Yangzhou and Yangzhou City Port Authority Co. Ltd. joined forces to build a warehouse and container yard, as well as a customs facility, which is expected to speed clearance and aid shippers. Shippers now must to go to Nanjing or Shanghai to clear cargo.

Aiding the port's growth is its proximity to the Shanghai-Nanjing and Beijing-Shanghai expressways. Completion of a bridge over the Yangtze and an expressway along the bank of the river is expected to improve transportation and the investment environment, officials say.