Just over three kilometers from the Port of Hong Kong, the Hongkong International Terminals are the world's largest facilities for containerized cargo, and they move almost half of Hong Kong's throughput.
Hong Kong is one of the world's biggest ports, and its history as a Port began in the middle 1800s. Containerization brought new traffic, and the construction of three terminals for containerized cargo was started in Kwai Chung in the 1970s. A fourth terminal was started in 1974 for Hongkong International Terminals.
The new facilities at the Hongkong International Terminals were designed for state-of-the-art systems and technology to handle containers, and they led the world in efficient use of space and productivity. More terminals were built after Hong Kong was transferred to the Republic of China.
In the 1990s, Hongkong International Terminals established a new way to handle containers. Called midstream operations, it allows smaller vessels to stay at secure buoys in the harbor while they are unloaded onto barges.
Construction of Terminal 9 began in 2000, and that year was a banner year for the Hongkong International Terminals. More than 80 international shipping lines served over 170 world ports through Hongkong International Terminals, moving 460 containers per week. The government of China, in partnership with private industry, is committed to further development of Hongkong International Ports.