Barcelona, Spain (PortSEurope) November 27, 2018 – In the first 10 months of 2018 the port of Barcelona handled total traffic of 56.6 million of tonnes of merchandise, an increase of 11% over the same period of last year.
The result was mainly due to the evolution of container traffic; in the period to October handled more than 2.8 million TEU, up 14.5%. Transfers containers (which are downloaded to re-shipped towards their final destination) increased 34.7%.
However, foreign trade has also improved. In particular, the port directed a total of 628,180 TEUs for export to different destinations, up 7%. Imports of containers were 491,628 TEU, an increase of 2.8%.
Among the most markets were; Algeria (+45%), USA (+15%), Mexico (+13%), Vietnam (+27%) and Japan (+6%). Regarding the motorways of the sea – the lines of rounded cargo and passage connecting Barcelona with different destinations in Italy and North Africa, the port of Barcelona channeled a total of 124.761 intermodal transport units (UTI, equivalent to a truck, platform or trailer).
During the first 10 months of the year the Catalan port has registered liquid bulk traffic of 12.8 million tonnes (+6.5%), mainly hydrocarbons, such as natural gas (+3%) or gasoline (+10.6%). Vehicle traffic has experienced a slight decline, with 674,971 vehicles transported (-2%). The most important volume of this activity corresponds to exports (327,075 units), which have were stable.
Until October, the port of Barcelona has received more than 4 million passengers, 9.5% more than the previous year. Of these, 1.3 million were regular line ferry users (with the Balearic Islands, Italy or North Africa), and 2.7 million were cruise passengers. Regular line travelers have grown 1%, while cruisers are up 14%.
Source: Port de Barcelona
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