Container handling by Malaysian ports showed a growth of 2.82 per cent, or an increase of 569,252 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) last year.
In 2011, Malaysian ports handled 20,209,154 TEUs. Last year, the number went up to 20,778,406 TEUs.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha in a statement last Saturday said that last year, the container handling continuously showed positive growth, despite the lack of demand from China and the bleak economic environment in Europe.
This success, he added, was due to the strong sustainable economic growth in Malaysia and the strong intra-Asian trade.
"In addition, the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), launched by the government in strategic areas of the nation, has acted as a catalyst to induce the positive performance of container handling in Malaysian ports," the minister said.
Kong said the proactive measures undertaken by ports in Malaysia to ensure a first-class delivery system through upgrading of port infrastructure and the relationship management with the industrial and trade sectors, has attracted many shipping companies to select Malaysian ports as their port of choice.
He said Port Klang retained its status as the number one container handler in Malaysia.
Last year, Port Klang handled 10 million TEUs in comparison to 9.6 million in 2011, an increase of 4.2 per cent.
The Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) came in second with the handling of 7.72 million TEUs, compared with 7.5 million in 2011, an increase of 2.9 per cent.
Containerisation International has ranked Port Klang and the PTP as 13th and 17th respectively for 2009 to 2011 based on global performance.