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Moroccan Ports See Traffic Down 2.3% In Q1 2021

Moroccan ports see traffic down 2.3% in Q1 2021

The traffic transiting through the ports managed by the ANP has reached at the end of March 2021 a global volume of 22.9 million tonnes, marking a year-on-year decrease of 2.3%, year-on-year – April 21, 2021 Imports were 14.1 million tons, down 3.6% with sector reductions in livestock feed (- 18.3%), cereals (-2.9%), coal & coke (- 13.9%) and steel products (- 13.9%). (Figures reported
by state-owned Agence Nationale des Ports (ANP), the regulatory body of the Moroccan port system.) Exports were up 1.5% at 8 million tons, due mainly to exports of gypsum (+64.1%) and phosphoric acid (+42.8%). Cabotage registered 717,116 tonnes, down 13.9%. This was mainly due to a fall in the traffic of hydrocarbons (-45.6%). The distribution of traffic by port shows that that the ports of Mohammedia,Casablanca and Jorf Lasfar ensured the transit of 17.5 million tonnes, which represents about 76.4% of the traffic of the ports managed by the ANP. (does not include Tanger Med) The analysis of the main evolutions recorded by port: Jorf Lasfar: -9,3%With 8.7 million tonnes at the end of March 2021, the port of Jorf Lasfar confirms its first place with a share of 38% of the global traffic. Compared to the same period of the previous year, this port recorded a 9.3% drop, mainly due to the strong decrease in imports of coal & petroleum coke(-34.9%), cereals (-22.8%), hydrocarbons (-12.4%) and hydrocarbon traffic (-12.4%) and exports of fertilisers (-6.8%). Casablanca: -1%Representing about 33.2% of the global traffic, the port of Casablanca has ensured the transit of 7.6 MT at the end of March 2021, i.e. a drop of 1% compared to the same period of last year. This decline is due to the fall ofsteel products (-51.5%), imports of coal (-25.3%) and phosphate exports (-1.9%). Imports of cereals on the other hand, recorded an increase 7.1% year-on-year. Mohammedia: -8.6With a volume of 1.2 million tons, the activity of this port has marked a regression of 8.6%. This variation is mainly due to the fact that the port of Mohammedia is a very important port for the development of the economy.This variation is mainly due to the drop in fuel oil traffic (- 90.2%) and gas oil (- 90.2%) and diesel (- 5.5%). Nador: -20.7With a volume of about 765,570 tonnes recorded at the end of March 2021,the activity of the port of Nador has experienced a decrease of 20.7%. This variation is explained by the strong regression of traffic of coal and petroleum coke of 56.2% and cereal imports by 26.3%. Agadir: -12.8With a volume of 1.5 million tons, the activity of this port, at the end of March 2021, has experienced a 12.8% drop, due mainly to the mainly due to the decrease of imports of cereals (-24.1%), livestock feed (-35.2%), container traffic in tonnage (-9%) tonnage (-9%) and hydrocarbons (-6.1%). The ports of Safi: +58.4The ports of Safi have reached a volume of about 2.5 MT, i.e. an increase of58.4% compared to the same period of the the previous year, attributablenotably to the strong rebound of imports of coal & petroleum coke (+240.4%) and cereals (+186%) and exports (+186%) and gypsum exports (+66,5%). Laayoune: +11.1With 419,402 tons having transited through port of Laayoune at the end of March 2021, the traffic of this port recorded an increase of of 11.1% compared to the same period of the year 2020, induced particularly by the increase of exports of phosphate (+20.8%) and clinker imports (+130.8%). By sector ContainersThe activity of containers in the ports under the activity in the ports under the ANP’s jurisdiction amounted to 354,388 TEU during the first three months of the year 2021, i.e. about the same volume recorded at the end of March 2020 (+0.5%). In terms of tonnage, container traffic was also down by 1.3%, with a volume of 3.4 million tonnes.By type of flow, the evolutions recorded are as follows:Imports reached 149 602 TEU, down by 1.1% compared to the first three months of the year of the year 2020; Exports recorded a drop of 3.8% with a volume of 146,598 TEUs. Empty export containers recorded a volume of 93,092 TEU (-3.8%), thus representing 64% of the overall container traffic in the port. of overall export container traffic; Cabotage increased by 18.5% to 58,188 TEUs. CerealsAt the end of the first three months of the year 2021, cereal importsamounted to 2.15 million tonnes, marking a drop of 2.9% compared to the same period of the previous year. An analysis of the distribution of this traffic by port reveals the followingthe following: A strong concentration of this activity in the port of Casablanca with 1.3 million tons, representing about 58.7% of the global cereals traffic (i.e. an increase of 7.1%). A drop in the imports of this commodity in the ports of Jorf Lasfar (-22.8%), Agadir (-24.1%) and Nador (-26.3%). The port of Safi, on the other hand, recorded a strong increaseof 186%. Phosphates and DerivativesPhosphates and derivatives traffic reached, at the end of March 2021, a volume of about 8.4 million tonnes, recording tonnes, recording an increase of 2.9%. This variation is mainly due to the increase in phosphoric acid exports (+42.8%) and imports of sulphuric acid (+43.7%) and sulphur (+7.1%). The other phosphate products, on the other hand, recorded more or less significant decreases, namely: exports of fertiliser (-5.5%) and phosphate (-2.7%) and imports of ammonia (-15.1%). HydrocarbonsThe overall traffic of hydrocarbons amounted to 2.5 million tons at the end of March 2021, marking a decrease of 8.2% compared to the same period ofthe previous year. This variation is mainly explained by by the decline of this activity in the ports of Mohammedia (-9.9%) and Jorf Lasfar (-12.4%).12,4%). TIRAt the end of the first three months of the year 2021, the TIR traffic reached a volume of 5,974 units, thus registering an increase of 27% compared to the same period of the previous year. The port of of Nador alone handled 5,970 units. Passengers & CruisesApart from the port of Nador, which witnessed during the first three months of 2021 the transit of 12,208 passengers. Passengersaccess to the other maritime stations in the ports managed by the ANP is suspended for all pleasure, cruise and passenger ships, due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Source: Agence Nationale des Ports (ANP)

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