The port of Barcelona raises container traffic by 3% through October

The site is scheduled to receive 130 million euros of investment in 2016

Container traffic at the port of Barcelona increased by 3% during the first ten months of the year, reaching 1.6 million TEUs, according to the latest data released by the Port Authority of Barcelona. Imports rose 8.5% to 402,209 TEUs and exports, meanwhile, stood at 543,614 TEUs, up 7%.

The most dynamic markets experienced as recipients of the port were China (26%), Algeria (6%), the US (26%), Morocco (20%), Mexico (18%), and Saudi Arabia (10%). As far as imports are concerned, the countries with the best performance were China (12%), South Korea (64%), Turkey (9%), and India (13%).

The results also show an increase in vehicle traffic of 18.7%, with a total of 723,506 units shipped. The bulk of this figure corresponds to foreign trade operations. In particular, the 41% increase experienced by car imports stands out, although in absolute terms, most of the vehicles, namely 374,554, were destined for export.

Overall, the total traffic of the port of Barcelona reached 38.7 million between January and September, which represents a fall of 1.3% over the same period last year.

Liquid bulk fell by 12.8% during the first ten months of the year, accounting for 9.7 million tonnes. Meanwhile, the volume of bulk solids transported was 3.5 million tonnes, down 13% compared to 2014, due to the reduction in goods such as cement and clinker, as well as some food products, such as cereals or fodder.

As for goods transported by the Sea Motorways, they stood at 113,727 ITUs, 20%, thanks to the good performance of the short sea shipping lines that connect Barcelona with Italy. This exceeds, therefore, the volume reached in the whole of 2014, when 112,507 ITUs were recorded.

As confirmed from the enclave, and according to information collected by agencies, the port of Barcelona will close this year with levels similar to 2014, when it moved 46.3 million tonnes. Regarding financial results, the 154.8 million revenue achieved in 2014 could increase by 1%. Likewise, the port also expects to receive investments worth 130 million euros for 2016. This figure includes access to the port and the corresponding expropriations, the new Iberpotash ICL terminal, the development works for the Carnival terminal, and works at the Moll Adossat, among others. As for private investment, this includes its share of the Phoenix Plan, the Carnival terminal, the completion of the second phase of the BEST terminal building, and the construction of Marina Vela.

Source and photo: el Vigia

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