diGJamaica has collected data from the Port Authority of Jamaica related to total cargo passing through Jamaica, whether coming or going. The total cargo handled at Jamaica’s ports was 23.7 Million Metric Tonnes, a massive 22% less than 2011’s 30.4 Million Metric Tonnes. In fact, 2012 was the least amount of cargo Jamaica has handled in terms of metric tonnage since the start of the great recession.
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From the chart and numbers above, immediately the eye notices the sharp fall in the Kingston Container Terminal (Transshipment) numbers. While these figures are in Metric Tonnes and as such, are not indicative of the number of containers moved through the container transshipment hub. However, it would be worthwhile to investigate further what could have precipitated such a drastic drop from 2011 to 2012 especially in light of the consistently climbing numbers from 2008 to 2011. The drop amounts to more than 38% and forms the largest part of the total cargo falloff.
DOMESTIC CARGO – PORT OF KINGSTON
Domestic Cargo going into and coming from the Port Of Kingston has steadily decreased since the start of the great recession. However, the pace downwards accelerated with a 15% decline in 2012 versus 2011. The total decline since 2008 has been 22%.
DOMESTIC CARGO – OUTPORTS
Outports include the Port Of Montego Bay and critical ports that handle Jamaica’s alumina and bauxite, including Port Esquivel, Port Kaiser, Rocky Point, Port Rhoades, Reynolds Pier, Rio Bueno and several others that receive ships occasionally. These ports also handle sugar, limestone, caustic soda, diesel oil and a range of agricultural products. As such the tonnage handled at the Outports is very important to the nation’s economic well-being and should be monitored closely. Cargo handled at Outports fell 6.5% in 2012 versus 2011, and have fallen 24% versus 2008.