Madrid, Spain (PortSEurope) September 8, 2020 – Traffic in Spanish ports fell by 13.2% in July, confirming the recovery trend following the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis. Francisco Toledo, President of Puertos del Estado, said: “The forecast we made a few months ago on the evolution of port traffic and its progressive escalation towards the pre-pandemic figures has been fulfilled”. The 46 state-owned ports of handled 42.4
million tonnes during the month of July, which represents a drop of 13.2% compared to the same month last year. The accumulated figure for the first seven months of the year was 295.7 million tons, a drop of 11.3% compared to the same period last year. These figures, however, indicate that for another month the process of recovery from the sharp fall in port traffic recorded last May continues when it fell by 25% due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. July thus confirms the process of recovery of the impact of the Covid-19 on port traffic, with an improvement of 1.6 points compared to June when the fall was 14.8%. By way of presentation, solid bulks continued to fall in July, to -12.7% and 5.4 million tonnes moved. The accumulated figure for the first seven months stands at 42.3 million tonnes, a fall of 19.7%. Traffic that has decreased most up to July in this section was coal and oil coke, going from 12.4 million tonnes in July 2019 to the current 7.5 million tonnes, a decrease of 39.8%. Other traffic such as iron ore lost 46.3%, cereals and their flours 11.9% and cement and clinker 15.4%. However, further traffic categories grew, such as fertilizers (9.7%), other minerals and metal waste (6.9%) or soya beans (2.9%). Liquid bulks recorded a rise of 1.4% in July with 14.4 million tonnes. By contrast, the cumulative figure for the year was 7.9%, at 100.7 million tonnes. The fall is mainly due to natural gas traffic, whose variation up to July was 12.2%, compared to the same period last year. General merchandise moved 21.8 million tonnes in July, down 10.2%. The accumulated figure for the year was 146.8 million tonnes, a decrease of 10.3%, with the most affected traffic being cars (-26.6%), construction materials (-12.9%) and wood and cork (-14.6%). On the other hand, other traffic sectors experienced increases such as fertilisers and oils, reaching more than 14%. Container traffic fell by 10.9% in July, reaching 1.4 million TEUs. During the first seven months, it exceeded 9.3 million TEUs and fell by 10.1%. Finally, the biggest drop was in passenger traffic. Since January, 7,752,497 people have been recorded, which represents a drop of 61.2%, compared with almost 20,000 passengers in this same period of the previous year. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.