Container handling facilities are a key part of the infrastructure of the logistics
sector, one of the four pillar industries of Hong Kong. The nine container terminals at
Kwai Chung-Tsing Yi area have 24 berths with a total handling capacity of over
18 million TEUs per year.
Competition between the container terminals and alternative modes of
container handling motivates the operators to improve their efficiency and quality of
service. The investment in upgrading equipment and systems in the terminals at Kwai
Chung-Tsing Yi over the past few years has enabled the port to enhance its
The container port is vital, not only for Hong Kong, but also for southern China
— one of the fastest industrialising areas in the world. Over 70 per cent of container
traffic handled by Hong Kong is related to southern China.
To ensure that sufficient port facilities in Hong Kong are provided to handle the
port's cargo growth following China's accession to the World Trade Organisation, the
Government completed the 'Study on Hong Kong Port — Master Plan 2020' at the
end of 2004. The study recommended a package of immediate and long-term
initiatives to increase the port's competitiveness. The Government, following the
study's recommendations, commissioned consultants to update the port cargo
forecast to work out the optimal timing for the construction of Container Terminal 10
and to conduct an ecology study on Northwest Lantau to see whether it is
environmentally suitable for development of container terminal. These two studies
are expected to be completed in 2007.