The pandemic of the coronavirus had a substantial impact on global cargo flows and affected also the performance of Luka Koper. Despite this, the strategic container segment remained stable in 2020 – January 12, 2021 The pandemic affected directly the liquid cargo, mostly because of reduced consumption of fuels, especially in airline industry. The lower car production output hit the entire supply chain, resulting in
lower volumes of general cargo, mostly steel products, and the segment of the dry bulk terminal which is dedicated to raw materials for the steel industry. Part of the reduction of volumes can be attributed also to the declining trend of thermal coal consumption, resulting from ever-increasing gas emissions taxes. As regards the car segment, the second half of 2020 was more encouraging, with more export volumes handled for the Far East – as a result, the decrease of cars throughput was much smaller than in other comparable European ports. Maritime throughput (in tons)Jan – Dec 2020Jan – Dec 2019Index 20/19General cargo945.8071.280.19474Containers9.268.8439.475.02098Cars998.2011.111.43390Liquid cargo3.323.0684.307.38877Dry bulk cargo4.987.2156.618.61675Total19.523.13322.792.65086 Maritime throughput (in units)Jan – Dec 2020Jan – Dec 2019Index 20/19Containers (TEU)945.007959.35699Cars (units)617.157705.99387 Source: Luka Koper
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