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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (L) and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe gesture as Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake (unseen) presents a supplementary budget to parliament, marking the first economic policy statement of the new government which came to power earlier in the month in Colombo on January 29, 2015. Sri Lanka's new government announced hefty taxes on top companies in a bid to raise revenue, accusing the previous regime of fudging the figures and leaving the economy in a "sad state". AFP PHOTO / Ishara S. KODIKARA (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Nov 10, 2010 (LBO) – South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT), an associate of Sri Lankan conglomerate John Keells Holdings, said volumes rose 17 percent in October to 173,528 containers from a year ago. SAGT is 42.2 percent owned by JKH and has been contributing a big chunk of the conglomerate’s profits in recent years, along with its ship fuel business. It was the terminal’s third highest ever monthly throughput, a statement said.

The number of twenty-foot container equivalent units handled by SAGT up to October this year is up 16 percent to 1,673,475 from the previous year.

Cargo traffic in Colombo port is recovering after a slump caused by global recession.