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Valenciaport Sets A New Historical Record: 508,177 Containers In October

Valenciaport sets a new historical record: 508,177 containers in October

Source: PortSEurope
This month, the half million containers managed were exceeded for the second time (in August, 503,482 TEUs were reached) – November 16, 2020  It is the third consecutive month with significant growth in the movement of goods, which shows that Valenciaport is moving away from the crisis (between August and October almost a million and a half containers have passed through the Valenciaport terminals) Valenciaport
has once again set a new historical record: last October it handled 508,177 TEUs (6.1 meter or 20 foot containers), the highest figure in its entire statistical series. For the second time the figure of 500,000 containers / month was exceeded (the previous was August with 503,482). But also, last October turned out to be the third consecutive month with notable growth – in a year marked by the Covid-19 pandemic – both in general traffic measured in tons and in TEUs (increases of 11.25 and 7.73%, respectively). These are figures that confirm that Valenciaport is moving away from the commercial crisis generated by the pandemic. In the accumulated of the year, the distances are cutting compared to 2019 and are “approaching normality” (to the 2019 data) at a rate of two percentage points per month. The January-October data still indicate that the accumulated tons handled so far this year is 3.58% below the 2019 records and containers are – 4.01%. If the current rhythm of work observed in the Valenciaport terminals is maintained, by the end of the year 2019 traffic and volumes will have been equalized, a circumstance that will be a success for the entire port community. Thus, since the beginning of the year and until October 31, the ports of Valencia, Sagunto and Gandía have handled 65.97 million tons of goods and 4,437,483 TEUs. It should be noted that in the last three months (August-September-October), Valenciaport has managed close to one and a half million containers. In October of this year it is necessary to reflect the growth of 17.56% of full containers handled. Specifically, cargo (exports) increased 4.28%; those of transit did so by 30.58% and those of unloading (imports) contracted by 3.67%. In October the movement of empty containers was reduced by 17.77%. The data indicate that between August and October, sales abroad of goods and products by Spanish companies show high dynamism compared to the most complicated months due to the crisis generated by Covid-19 (May-June and July), and confirm the reactivation of international markets for the Valenciaport hinterland. Fewer ships and more containers So far this year, the number of ships that have worked in the Valenciaport terminals has now reached 5,639 units, while in the same period last year, 6,650 ships were registered. There has been a decrease of 1,011 units; 15.20% less. Although, this fall is not parallel with records of handled goods (tons / Teus) of -3.58% and -4.01%, respectively. In more detail, it can be seen that during the last month of October, 103 less ships passed through Valencia than the same month of the previous year (-14.33%) while the tons handled increased by 11.25% and the containers by +7.73%. The difference between the number of ships and merchandise handled is explained by the increase in the size of the vessels (especially container ships), by the trend towards concentration in import / export management and by the search for hub ports such as València, by shipping companies, which provide competitive advantages in agility and connectivity. Monthly evolution of TEU traffic. In red, 2019 traffics. In gray, average of the last 3 years. APV source By goods and countries Regarding movements by type of merchandise, the non-metallic minerals sector continues as the most active in the first 10 months of the year with an increase of 9.33%. The rest of the sectors show decreases: construction materials, (-0.64%), fertilizers (-2.03%), agro-food industry (-2.73%) or chemical products (- 5.79%). Other sectors such as vehicles and transport elements fell by -14.32% and other merchandise by 12.29%. By country, between January and October the most active areas in containers managed from Valenciaport were the United Kingdom (+47.84), Canada (+45.81), Saudi Arabia (+26.20) and India (18.39% ). The US with 432,902 TEU and a decrease of 2.53% and China with 430,189 and a decrease of 7.35%, continue to be the countries that lead the commercial relations with Valenciaport. Regarding geographical areas, in the Mediterranean and Black Sea areas, 18.32 million tons were mobilized with a decrease of 5.62%, Spain with a traffic of 7.75 million tons (-9.92%) and Far East with 7.5 million tons and a decrease of 7.99%. Ro-Ro traffic In the accumulated of the year, Valenciaport has commercially managed 418,715 cars, 31.35% less than the previous year; while Ro-Ro traffic mobilized 9.29 million tons, 13.33% less. Passenger traffic continues to be marked by the Covid-19 pandemic in the cruise sector (-93.12%), while passengers on the regular line have decreased by 40.34%. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de València (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia)

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