Betting that river trade ports will outperform ocean terminals, Sinotrans plans to invest US$249 million to upgrade river ports and logistics facilities in the Pearl River Delta. Sinotrans is the largest feeder and river terminal operator in the area. The South China Morning Post reported the move is inspired by manufacturers, many of whom are heading inland and west due to the lack of electricity and labor in the traditional manufacturing centers. Sinotrans expects throughput at some river terminals to grow by 40% in the next 15 years. The company's two terminals on the northern bank of the Pearl River processed 100,000 20-foot equivalent units (teu) of cargo last month, a rise from the 60,000-70,000 teu per month in 2005.