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Israel’s Port Of Ashdod Handles Record 1.5 Million Containers In 2020

Israel’s Port of Ashdod handles record 1.5 million containers in 2020

Ashdod, Israel (PortSEurope) May 12, 2021 – Ashdod Port has reported an operational record of unloading 1,584,000 containers (TEU) in 2020 – a historic all-time record for Israeli ports. the cargo was valued at 108 billion shekels (€27.1 billion). The figures suggest that demand was not hit by the the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis as forecast, helped by reduced air cargo transport. Last year, there was
an unprecedented demand for containers to meet demand which increased port handling. Orna Hozman Bechor, Chairman of the Board of Ashdod Port, said: “The port’s activity during the period of the coronavirus crisis highlights the expertise and dedication of the port employees, as well as the complexity and importance of the national responsibility of operating a seaport in Israel. The aviation shutdown at the start of the coronavirus crisis left Ashdod Port as almost the only source of oxygen for the State of Israel. I am extremely proud that we succeeded to maintain continuous passage of goods, so that no shortage was ever felt”. Shiko Zana, CEO of the Port Company, added: “We set an annual record for the scope of containers unloaded, while also breaking an all-time record about two months ago – when in one day we unloaded over 5,000 containers at Ashdod Port. The recent data proves that there has been improvement in the efficiency and quality of the equipment.  Thanks to our employees, despite the expected harm caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we were able to overcome this period of crisis and uncertainty and achieve great things. We will continue to provide optimal service to our customers”. Last March, it was reported locally that two days ago, a total of 57 ships were waiting outside the port of Ashdod for a slot to enter the port to unload their cargo. The backlog has several reasons. Firstly, demand for goods is picking up Israel starts recovery faster than most countries from the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis. Increased demand may also lead to importers storing some goods in the expectation of higher prices in the near future. Secondly, Israel imports far more than it exports, thus many empty containers reside in the ports and they have to be stored at extra costs and space used. Ironically, the week-long delay in vessels using the Suez Canal may have actually helped the port with some vessel calls being delayed or diverted. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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