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Lithuania’s Malkų Įlankos Terminal announced that agricultural products were the main contributors to its cargo growth in 2022, pointing out that the company handled a total of 1 million tonnes of various cargoes.

The handling of agricultural products and pellets grew by 10% to 686 thousand tonnes. In the same period in 2021, these cargoes amounted to 626 thousand tonnes.

The volume of grain handled at the company’s terminal in Klaipeda port accounted for 20% of the total grain handled at this port, and the terminal’s total capacity for handling bulk cargo amounts to 1.25 million tonnes per year.

It’s worth noting that the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda has a leading position in the handling of roundwood, but due to geopolitical factors, the handling of roundwood dropped slightly to 217 thousand m3 in 2022 and 260 thousand m3 in 2021.

According to Julius Kiršis, the CEO of the terminal, last year’s standout month was August, as the company handled a record number of different cargoes in one month, which amounted to 175,000 tonnes, including 138,000 tonnes of bulk cargo.

MIT’s terminal handled 140 ships in 2022 and 170 ships in 2021. “The number of ships served has been decreasing for a very clear reason: after the reconstruction of berth 142 and the deepening of the berth to 14.5 m, we are able to load larger quantities of cargo per ship and serve Panamax vessels,” Mr Kiršis noted.

MIT is a member of the Klaipėda Terminal Group, a group of companies providing cargo handling, logistics, freight forwarding and ship agency services.

Founded in the year 2000, MIT began operating as a specialized round timber terminal. Due to the continuous development, the Terminal today is one of the most agricultural products handling terminal in Klaipeda.

The company also successfully handles the bulk products of the construction industry and various other general cargo. Today MIT cargo handling capacity exceeds 2,5 million tonnes per year.