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28 September 2021 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 02:24 GMT+2

April 21, 2020

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In March, freight traffic in the port of Barcelona decreased by -8.3%

Drastic drop in shipping containers

Last month, the traffic of goods handled by the port of Barcelona fell by -8.3%, a decline that led to the -6.2% drop in traffic in the first three months of this year. In the January-March 2020 period, in fact, the Catalan port has handled a total of 14.9 million tonnes of cargo compared to 15.9 million tonnes in the corresponding period last year. The most was recorded by the traffic of goods 7.6 million tonnes of containerised (-10,5%) and it was made with a handling of 724,555 teu (-14.0%) containers including 274,808 teu (-27.3%) 449,748 teu on disembarkation and boarding (-3.2%). In conventional goods fell slightly to 2.7 per cent million tonnes (-0.7%). In the solid bulk sector, 1.0 million tonnes (-8.1%) tonnes (-8.1%) and in liquid bulks of almost 3.6 million tonnes 0.4%).

In March 2019 alone, the Spanish port 4.9 million tonnes of goods, down -8.3% on March of last year. The Port Authority of Barcelona underlined that this reduction in activity is due to the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic is having on international trade and the downtime of the sector first in much of Asia and then in Europe and America. In particular, last month the goods fell by -14.3% to 2.4 million tonnes made with a container handling of 219,827 teu (-18.9%) 75,000 teu in transit (-38.2%) And 146 thousand at landing/boarding (-2.7%, with a decrease of -19% in imports and export growth of 8%). Conventional goods are 910,000 tonnes (-10.3%). Liquid bulks have totaled 1.3 million tonnes (up 8.7%) and solid ones 160,000 tonnes (-45.1%).

In the first quarter of 2020, passenger traffic 352 thousand people (-32.0%), of which 198 thousand cruisers (-34,9%) 154,000 ferry passengers (-27.8%). In the month alone March, due to the stoppage of passenger maritime traffic imposed by day 13, the cruisers were thirty thousand, with a -77.0%, and ferry passengers 43,000 (-54.8%).

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