Export container traffic has been on the rise for six consecutive months, with an average growth of 11% – February 19, 2021 In January 2021, the increase in traffic from the agri-food sector (+ 32%) and construction materials (+ 24.34%) stands out. China retakes the year 2021 as the main partner of Valenciaport both in volume of goods (+ 4.33%) and containers mobilized (+ 5.69%).
In January of this year, managed containers grew by 4.03% and merchandise by 8.08%. The most recent data – corresponding to this month of February – corroborate the commercial strength of Valenciaport with increases of 8.19% in TEUs, especially those destined for export, which increased by 20.83%. Valenciaport was the first Spanish port in 2020 in containers (5.42 million), Ro-Ro traffic (11.22 million tons) and in automobile trade (530,000 units). The president of the Valencia Port Authority (APV) highlights that “in 2021 the positive trend started in the second half of last year continues, thanks to the export activity of companies.” Valenciaport has closed 2020 as the leading Spanish port in the number of containers managed, in freight traffic carried out by the motorways of the sea (Ro-Ro cargo) and in car trade, according to data from the València Port Authority (APV) and Puertos del Estado. The triple leadership is a reflection of the export activity of the Valencian Community and Spain concentrated in the port of València in the second half of 2020, and which continues in the beginning of 2021. Valenciaport ended last year with figures similar to 2019, both in the number of containers (5.4 million) and by goods calculated in tons and operated from the docks (more than 80 million). Despite the uncertainty of international trade conditioned by the health emergency of Covid-19, with consecutive weeks in which the activity of companies was practically paralyzed, the pull of exports in the last months of the year has caused that since August the activity of the port community has registered positive figures of two digits. In addition, this dynamism, especially of products produced in Spain destined for abroad, has been key to reaching the milestone of exceeding 500,000 TEUs for the first time in the history of Valenciaport, specifically, 508,177 in October and 503,482 in August. Thus, with the 2020 data from the Spanish ports of Puertos del Estado, it is confirmed that Valenciaport led the total number of containers with a figure higher than 5.4 million, which represents 1 out of 3 containers mobilized in Spanish ports. While for tons of merchandise distributed, it ranked second behind Algeciras. In Ro-Ro traffic, trade of merchandise by ship that is loaded and unloaded with its own wheels, the ports managed by APV handled 11.22 million tons of merchandise, that is, 20% of the total merchandise they use the motorways of the sea of the Spanish port system. Regarding vehicle traffic, 1 out of 5 cars mobilized by sea in Spain passed through the docks of Valenciaport. Of the nearly 2.5 million units that crossed the Spanish ports, some 530,000 did so in the Valencian ports, being the most active in this merchandise, followed by Vigo and Barcelona. The year begins on the rise, despite the pandemic According to the definitive data from the APV statistical bulletin for January, this positive trend continues in a month that is still marked by restrictions on economic activity in many sectors due to the pandemic, something that did not occur in January 2020. Thus, Valenciaport has registered a total of 6,721,984 tonnes of goods and 465,656 containers handled in the Valencian docks, which represents an increase of 8.08% and 4.03%, respectively. Of the managed TEUs, the full ones grew by 3.67% and of these, the cargo ones were once again the most dynamic with an increase of 12.47%, while the unloading (imports) fell by 2.85% and the traffic increased 3.04%. These positive figures continue in the first half of February, which opens up hopeful expectations for this year in 2021. For example, between February 1 and 14, total container traffic improved by 8.19% Compared to the same period of the previous year. And again, the full export containers have stood out, experiencing historical highs in year-on-year terms, with an increase of 20.83% compared to the same period of the previous year. Food and construction materials, very dynamic Regarding the traffic of goods by sectors, the agri-food industry has shown itself as the most dynamic with a total of 668,016 tons and a growth of 32% compared to January 2020. Construction materials with 569,406 tons increased by 24, 34%, other goods with 605,311 tons grew by 3.43%, while vehicles and transport elements with 827,766 tons registered a decrease of 2.27%. In this first month of the year, the total traffic of Ro-Ro goods was 897,007 tons, a decrease of 1% compared to January 2020. This month Valenciaport also mobilized a total of 40,750 units of cars under the merchandise regime, a 9 , 31% less. China begins the year as Valenciaport’s main trading partner with 56,884 TEUs, 5.69% more, followed by the US with 42,094 and growth of 7.15%. Next is Turkey with 25,709 containers (-0.92%), India with 21,984 (+60.33%) and Algeria with 19,851 (-3.9%). In freight traffic, 642,570 tons were operated with China (+4.33%), with Italy 578,073 (+44.71%) and with the US a total of 567,491 (+2.89%). Valuations of the president of Valenciaport “Valenciaport is an infrastructure at the service of our hinterland. We act as a platform for the export of the productive fabric, an essential component of the dynamism of the Spanish economy, which since August of last year is showing a very entrepreneurial productive capacity that is demonstrated in the increase in cargo containers (export) in the Port From Valencia. This has allowed us to end the 2020 financial year, marked by Covid-19, with figures similar to the previous year, leading the market for Spanish ports in containers, ro-ro traffic or vehicles, and starting 2021 with very positive figures ” , explained the president of the PAV, Aurelio Martínez, who today presented a balance of the main 2020 figures to the Board of Directors. “Valenciaport – Martínez explained – is an eminently commercial port that channels almost 40% of Spain’s export / import maritime traffic. We are the exit and entry point for merchandise with practically all countries in the world; a logistical enclave and engine of commercial activity where the main shipping companies operate (more than 35) that manage more than a hundred regular lines. A tool of the first magnitude for the competitiveness of companies in a globalized economy ”. During his speech, the president of APV insisted that “the good performance of Valenciaport is thanks to the export sector, which has been the key to the activity in the last months of 2020 and at the beginning of this year.” Thus, between August and December, cargo containers (export) grew an average of 11%, while in January of this year the percentage rose to 12.47%, and in the first fortnight of February the growth compared to the same period the previous year was 20.83%, experiencing historical highs in year-on-year terms. In this sense, it is necessary to highlight the importance of the data at the beginning of this year (January-first fortnight in February) since these increases occur in a pandemic, with restrictions on activity in many sectors Source: Autoridad Portuaria de València (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia)