Sinotrans reports double-digit H1 volume growth in numerous business lines

The Chinese freight forwarder Sinotrans has reported first half revenues of CNY27.6bn for the first half of 2017, up by 27.4% year-on-year. Operating profit was up by 34.3% to CNY1.2bn.

The company’s revenues were evidently boosted by favourable market conditions.

Sinotrans noted that year-on-year throughput growth at Chinese ports was 8.8% in the first half of 2017, up from just 2.5% for the same period a year ago. Moreover, the Chinese Container Freight Index (CCFI), an aggregate tracker of Chinese ocean freight rates, increased by 19.8% year-on-year in the first half of the year, compared to a fall of 28.8% for the same period last year.

In this environment, Sinotrans’ freight forwarding division reported revenue growth of 29.1% to CNY15.9bn, while improving its operating profit by 31.0% to CNY0.5bn.

Sinotrans’ sea freight forwarding volumes increased by 6.5% for the period, while like many other of the world’s leading forwarders, it achieved double-digit air tonnage growth in the first half (12.3%).

Its Logistics division also had a strong quarter, with both its revenue and tonnage handled up by 16.5% respectively.

The Storage and Terminals Services segment followed suit, with revenues increasing 20.6%, while container and bulk volume at its warehouse and yard operations increased by 19.3% and 20.3% respectively.

Volume growth in its documents and packages express business was over 540%, with the company handling almost 20m units.

Source: Transport Intelligence, August 29, 2017

Author: David Buckby


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