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Tunisia Ports See 2020 Cargo Traffic Down -1.8%

Tunisia ports see 2020 cargo traffic down -1.8%

Source: PortSEurope
Tunis, Tunisia (PortSEurope) March 1, 2021 – Last year the ports of Tunisia handled 26.7 million tons of cargo, down -1.8% on 2019, and mainly due to a decrease in volumes handled in the second (-4.5%) and fourth quarter (-4.3%) of 2020. This was partially offset by increases of +8.2% and +1.1% recorded in the first and third quarters of 2020. Total cargo on landing
was 17.3 million tons (+2.1%) and loading was 9.4 million tons (-8.4%). The overall traffic of hydrocarbons amounted to 7.3 million tons (-2.8%) and other liquid bulk to 827,000 tons (-8.0%). In the solid bulk sector, 5.3 million tons of cereals (+14.8%) and 5 million tons of other cargoes (-15.2%) were handled. In the sector of various goods, traffic was 8.2 million tons (-0.1%). The only containerized traffic was 4.2 million tons (+4.2%), with a handling of containers that was equal to 483,000 TEU (+1.9%), while that of rolling stock totaled over 1.8 million tons (-9.3%). In 2019, the government said that 90% of Tunisia’s foreign commercial trade was conducted by sea.  Most incoming and outbound trade passes through Rades port, the country’s principal container facility, which supports 75% of the country’s container traffic.  The port of Sfax, Tunisia’s second-largest city and a large commercial centre, also handles a limited amount of container traffic.  Other active ports are Sousse, Gabes, Skhira, Bizerte, and Zarzis.  The port of Skhira specializes in petroleum transport. The ports of Bizerte and Zarzis have associated free-trade zones.  The state-owned enterprise Compagnie Tunisienne de Navigation  is the principal shipping company in Tunisia.  The Tunisian Port Authority (Office de la Marine Marchande et des Ports) oversees the management of ports.  Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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