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Port Of Barcelona Container Traffic Up 18% In Jan-Feb 2021

Port of Barcelona container traffic up 18% in Jan-Feb 2021

Source: Barcelona Port
Barcelona, Spain (PortSEurope) March 11, 2021 – During the months of January and February, the Port of Barcelona saw container traffic up 18% compared to the same period of 2019. This growth, which confirms the upward trend that began at the end of 2020, places container throughput at 595,073 TEUs in the first two months of the year. The increase is due both to the
good performance of origin and destination containers and to transit. Thus, in the case of export and import containers, an increase of 9.3% was recorded, totalling 333,081 TEUs. Transhipment containers, on the other hand, increased by 30.8% to 261,993 TEUs. By countries, the dynamism of exports to the United Arab Emirates and China, which grew by 77% and 58%, respectively, is noteworthy. India, with an increase of 34%, and Morocco, with an increase of 23%, are other of the most active markets in these exchanges. With regard to total freight traffic, between January and February a total of 10.5 million tonnes passed through the Port of Barcelona, 3.4% more than in the first two months of 2020. Short sea shipping traffic also recorded an improvement, with a movement of nearly 5 million tonnes of goods, representing an increase of 1.8% compared to January and February 2020. Other traffic segments, such as bulk goods, are gradually recovering, although they are not yet showing a positive performance. Thus, in the case of bulk liquids in the first two months of the year, a movement of 1.8 million tonnes was recorded (-23.3%). With regard to bulk solids, the total movement amounted to 661,828 tonnes (-9.3%). Vehicles and passengers, the worst affected Despite the positive data for some traffic, the negative trend in the two sectors that were the most affected by the pandemic in 2020 has continued at the start of the year: vehicles and passengers. In the case of vehicles, the fall up to February is 26.4%, with a movement of 81,041 units. Despite the decline, the falls are much less pronounced than during much of the year 2021. Cabotage is the most affected segment in this traffic, but in the case of imports and exports, the fall is softening and now stands at 21.4%. In terms of passenger traffic, the fall was 82.1% (50,020 passengers), with a particular impact on cruise traffic, which is still non-existent, still affected by health restrictions. In the case of ferries, the drop was 55%. Source: Autoritat Portuària de Barcelona (APB – Port Authority of Barcelona) Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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