At the beginning of 2019, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) expanded the statistical range from major ports to all ports across the country, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Official data indicate that foreign trade cargo throughput reached a total of 1.75 billion tonnes in the January-May period, which is an increase of 2.3% year on year.

In addition, domestic trade also experienced a rise of 9%, according to MOT.

In the meantime, container throughput at ports saw a 5.2% increase in the period, amounting for 104.67 million 20-foot TEUs.

This growth came during China's increasing waterway freight volume, which achieved a 7.8% year-on-year rise for the first five months.