In the most recent ISL Monthly Container Port Monitor (MCPM), figures show that container traffic at the ports around the Indian Ocean are close to returning to pre-Covid levels.
In addition to ports in Australia and South Asia, South African ports are also benefiting from the recovery in global trade. Comparing the current results with the long-term average from 2015-2019, it can be seen that here, however, the growth rates have never reached double-digit positive values as in the ports of Thailand and the Philippines or, in particular, the ports of Australia. According to South African experts, one reason for this is the unsatisfactory effectiveness of the terminals in Ngqura and Durban in particular. For this reason, the South African government is also in talks with foreign investors, such as Dubai Ports, to channel investment and know-how into the more effective operation of its terminals. Since the last quarter of 2020, the government has signed multi-million US$ investment agreements to improve its existing terminals. All in all, South African ports have reached a throughput of nearly 380,000 TEU in June 2021, that is the 5th best result since the outbreak of the pandemic.
The ports of South Asia fared somewhat better than the South African ports in the current edition of the MCPM.. Here, the latest negative development dates back to mid-2020, since then a container traffic of about 1.3 million TEU/(month has been achieved again, even with double-digit growth rates in some cases. Especially in the first half of 2021, throughputs at the container terminals in Laem Chabang, Bangkok and Manila have picked up significantly. Port Klang in Malaysia, which is not included here (the available monthly results of approx. 1.2 million TEU do not yet allow a long-term view here), also shows similarly positive results. Significantly higher monthly growth rates are seen in the Australian ports of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Since mid-2020, growth rates of less than 10% in relation to the long-term average throughput have only been achieved four times (due to seasonal factors); today, the total of these three ports is again around 380,000 TEU/month, close to the record results of mid-2018.