The site grew by 4.96% in 2019 with a historical record of channeling 5.44 million containers last year, while the Spanish port system advanced 1.53% in this period. The import-export of containers advanced 6.22%, which demonstrates the importance of Valenciaport for the Valencian and Spanish economy. With more than 81 million tons, the total traffic growth is 30 times higher than the Spanish average. Cruise
traffic maintains its moderate growth rate with an increase of 3.34% and more than 435,000 people – February 12, 2020 Valenciaport has consolidated in 2019 as the engine of the Spanish port system. During fiscal year 2019, container traffic registered an increase of 5%, three times the average of Spanish ports which, according to State Ports data, remained at a growth of 1.53%. Specifically, during the past year the three enclosures managed by the Port Authority of Valencia (Valencia, Sagunto and Gandia) channeled 5,439,827 TEU, 4.96% more than in 2018. This figure represents a historical record for the port system of our country and is a consequence of the evolution of container traffic throughout the year, which has undergone a change in trend in the last quarter of the year, a direct consequence of the economic situation. Nonetheless, These results are based, fundamentally, on the behavior of the import-export of containers, which as a whole has advanced 6.22%. The full containers have ended the year with a 3.75% increase, highlighting the good data obtained by exports, which increased by 5.46%; imports, which rise 4.88%; and the traffic that grows 2.73%. On the other hand, empty containers amounted to 8.90% at the end of 2019. These data show that Valenciaport stands as a key factor for the Valencian and Spanish economy due to its privileged geostrategic situation that allows it to serve 55.5% of Spanish GDP and more than 60% of the foreign trade of our country. In this way, the APV ports are consolidated as a key instrument at the service of people and companies in the Valencian and Spanish economy. With regard to total traffic, Valenciaport has multiplied by 30 the average growth of the Spanish port system. Thus, while Spanish ports have increased on average 0.19% in 2019, Valenciaport has increased its traffic by 5.80%, with a total movement of 81,064,840 tons. This is the first year in its history that Valenciaport exceeds the figure of 80 million tons. The foreign trade of general merchandise grew by 3.37%, with a total of 25,442,851 tons. Specifically, exports increased by 4.97%, mainly due to the good performance of the United States, which experienced an increase of 15.35%. Imports, on the other hand, advanced 0.98% to 9,986,503 tons, especially highlighting the evolution of countries such as China (+ 5.68%), Turkey (+ 6.65%) and the United States (+1 , 25%). Overall traffic was up 3.95% at the end of 2019. The non-containerized general merchandise ended the year with a total of 14,585,870 tons traffic. This section highlights merchandise traffic such as steel products that, with 2.3 million tons, fall by 10.18%; the cars and their parts that, with 1.7 million tons, decrease 6.74%; and other food products that, with 1.1 million tons, advance 13.42%. In turn, car traffic by units has decreased by 11.88%, with a total of 722,758 vehicles. On the contrary, Ro-Ro traffic has experienced an increase of 6.35%, exceeding 12.58 million tons. The general cargo container grew by 3.55% during 2019, a total of 14,585,870 tons traffic. By merchandise, the traffic of elaborated construction materials stands out, with 5.45 million tons (+ 2.21%); rest of merchandise, with 2.4 million tons (+ 1.79%); chemical products, with 2.12 million tons (+ 3.93%); and machinery, tools and spare parts, with 1.52 million tons (+ 12.20%). The liquid bulk, meanwhile, have ended the year in positive figures with a total of 3,120,013 tons traffic and the 63.38% rise. These records are, fundamentally, a consequence of the recovery of natural gas traffic which, with 1.55 million tons, advances 615.11%. Other notable goods are chemical products, with 354,000 tons and an increase of 2.12%; and diesel, with 319,000 tons and an increase of 6.02%. For its part, solid bulks have been the only game that has ended the year with negative records. In total, during 2019 Valenciaport has handled 2,190,118 tons of this type of merchandise, 13.91% less than in 2018. This setback is mainly due to the evolution of cereals and their flours that, with 1.1 million tons, down 20.29%. On the contrary, natural and artificial fertilizers increase 15.39% to a total of 564,000 tons. The APV statistical bulletin confirms the good evolution of passenger traffic in 2019. In total, the ports of Valencia and Gandia have received 1,112,727 passengers, 3.80% more than the previous year, of which 677,111 passengers They used regular line ferries (+ 4.10%). For its part, cruise traffic maintains its tonic of recent years, with moderate and sustainable growth. Specifically, in 2019, 435,616 people arrived in Valencia aboard one of the 203 cruise stops, 3.34% more than the previous year. The five countries with the highest volume of merchandise have channeled through Valenciaport in 2019 have been: Spain, with 10.13 million tons (+ 3.24%); United States, with 8.01 million tons (+ 23.83%); China, with 6.37 million tons (+ 0.07%); Italy, with 6.25 million tons (+ 0.58%); and Turkey, with 5.89 million tons (+ 39.19%). By geographical areas, the area of the Mediterranean and Black Sea area stands out, with 23.33 million tons (+ 6.78%); and that of the Far East, with 9.60 million tons (-0.37%).