Container Registrations continue to rise over May

Container Registrations
May 2015
      Release date:
30 June 2015

  May 15 Apr 15 Mar 15 Feb 15

Total 760 684 648 469
Business 455 412 375 257
Private 305 272 273 212

Registrations  continue to rise over May

Total number of container registrations continued to increase by 11.1% over the month. This was driven by rises in both private and business container registrations. Over the year, container registrations rose by 17.9% due to increases in both private and business container registrations. The monthly increase is not consistent with the traditional seasonal trend of container registrations decreasing over May. This anomaly could be due to preparations for upcoming festivities such as the coronation and church conferences. The yearly rise could also be supported by the same reasons. Furthermore, the evident expansion of roadside stalls and fairs indicate higher activity in the informal sector coinciding with the increase in container registrations.

On the outlook, the NRBT expects container registrations to continue increasing due to scheduled events for the months of June and July. Additionally, on-going construction projects and other special preparations are anticipated to drive a rise in container registrations and also imports. These upcoming events are also expected to have spillover effects on the trade, tourism, and construction sectors. However, the rise in imports is expected to exert downward pressure on the foreign reserves. The NRBT will continue to closely monitor the country’s economic and financial conditions in order to maintain an adequate level of foreign reserves and promote price stability.

Container Registrations
Total Number of Containers

  Month ended Year ended Share of Total
  May 15 Apr 15 Mar 15 May 14 May 15 May 14

Total containers 760 684 648 447 8,233 6,981 100
Business 455 412 375 238 4,841 4,029 59
Private 305 272 273 209 3,392 2,952 41

Source: Tonga Ports Authority              

ContainerRegistration May15


Download a copy of the latest Container Registrations Report for more details.

You are here: Home 2015 Releases Economic Releases Container Registrations continue to rise over May