Highest number of container registrations

Container Registrations
June 2015

  Jun 15 May 15 Apr 15 Mar 15

Total 1,072 760 684 648
Business 599 455 412 375
Private 473 305 272 273

Highest number of registrations

Over June, the total number of container registrations rose by 41.1% to 1,072, the highest number on record yet. This was driven by increases in both private and business container registrations. The monthly increase could be due to festivities and special events scheduled for June and July, which include the coronation, Heilala festival, school anniversaries, and church conferences. In addition, banking data shows that import payments rose by 44% over the month of May, indicating potential lag effect which coincides with the increase in container registrations. Furthermore, business and household loans increased by 2.2% and 0.25% respectively further supporting the monthly rise. Similarly, the annual number of total container registrations increased by 15.3% with private and business container registrations increasing by 11.4% and 18.2% respectively.

On the outlook, the NRBT expects imports and consequentially container registrations to generally increase in the new financial year. Banking data for June shows an increase suggesting a lag effect, indicating higher imports for the upcoming month and possibly exerting downward pressure on the foreign reserves. On-going construction projects and other special preparations are anticipated to drive the rise. These upcoming events are also expected to have spillover effects on the trade, tourism, and construction sectors. 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
  Jun 15 May 15 Apr 15 Jun 14 Jun 15 Jun 14

Total containers 1,072 760 684 855 8,450 7,329 100
Business 599 455 412 487 4,953 4,191 59
Private 473 305 272 368 3,497 3,138 41

Source: Tonga Ports Authority              


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