More cargo carried in Yangtze river than MississippiMay 26th, 2011 - 1:47 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, May 26 (IANS) China’s Yangtze river has beaten the Mississippi in the US and the Rhine that flows in Europe in the total volume of cargo that passed through it last year, a media report said.
About 1.5 billion tonnes of cargo passed through the Yangtze in 2010, says a report by the ministry of transport.
The Yangtze has six ports with capacity of 100 million tonnes. The total cargo passing through the Yangtze was more than three times that of the Mississippi and five times higher than the Rhine, the People’s Daily reported.
Shipping has contributed 120 billion yuan (around $18 billion) to the economy and also helped in the social development of areas along the river. The river business directly employed more than two million people and indirectly provided jobs to over 10 million, the report said.
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