The volume of cargo passing through seaports across Vietnam rose by 19% to 431 million tonnes in the first 10 months of 2018, according to Vietnam Maritime Administration (VMA) (Source: www.mt.gov.vn) The volume included 14.8 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) of containers, up 26% from the same period last year. In October alone, seaports nationwide handled more than 43 million tonnes of cargo, up 20% year on year. The biggest growth of freight volume was recorded at ports in the central province of Quang Nam (109.93%), followed by Ha Tinh (98.3%) and Nghe An (64%), said VMA deputy head Bui Thien Thu. Meanwhile, several ports in Kien Giang and Nha Trang reported sharp declines in freight volume, ranging from 28% to 64% year on year, he noted. Vietnam currently has 44 seaports with total design capacity of 470-500 million tonnes of cargo a year.