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Of the figure, export cargo hit over 106 million tons, a year-on-year increase of 9 percent, while import cargo stood at roughly 133 million tons, up 2 percent. The handling of domestic goods neared 184 million tons, up 7 percent year-on-year.

In particular, the volume of container goods handled at seaports reached about 14.7 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), a 21-percent year-on-year increase.

VMA statistics also showed a sharp rise in the volume of cargo through ports in Thai Binh province (up 65 percent), Dong Thap (up 56 percent), Quang Ngai (up 38 percent), Hai Phong (up nearly 16 percent), and Ho Chi Minh City (up nearly 9 percent).

Strong growth was also seen in the volume of container goods through seaports in Vung Tau (up 41 percent), Ho Chi Minh City (up 16.46 percent), and Hai Phong (up over 19.8 percent).

Source: VNA