PHNOM PENH, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Cargos entering and leaving through Phnom Penh Autonomous Port, Cambodia's second largest port, increased by 17 percent in 2012 thanks to increasing import and export activities, a senior port official said Thursday.
The state-owned port had received 95,333 twenty-foot-equivalent units, or standard-sized containers (TEUs) last year, up 17 percent from 81,631 TEUs a year earlier, Eng Veng Sun, the port's deputy director-general, told Xinhua over telephone.
Items went through the port including garments, agricultural products, construction materials, automobiles, agricultural machinery and consuming products. "Garment products accounted for about 80 percent of the country' s total exports last year,"he said.
To meet the increasing demand of shipments, the port began in March 2011 to build a container terminal with the total capacity of 120,000 TEUs per year with China's soft loan of 28.2 million U. S. dollars.
The construction will be completed in late 2013.