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22 October 2021 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 22:19 GMT+2

September 21, 2021

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In the second quarter of this year the traffic of goods in French ports it has returned to growth

Strong increase in container loads

After seven consecutive quarters of decline, in the period April-June of this year the traffic of goods enlivened by French ports has recorded an increase of +6.5% being amounted to 68.9 million tonnes compared to 64.7 million tonnes in corresponding period of 2020 when a decrease of 17.7% on the second quarter of 2019.

Leading the recovery was the miscellaneous goods sector which closed the second quarter of 2021 with a total of 28.2 million tons, with a significant growth of +24.1% on the same period last year, of which 12.5 million tons of goods in container (+40.6%) made with a handling of containers pairs to 1,26 million teu (+27.1%) and 15,4 million of teu tons of rolling stock (+11.5%). Bulk also increased (+4.1%) solid with 13.8 million tons, while liquid bulk decreased by -6.4% to 26.9 million tons.

Among the main French ports by volume of traffic, in the second quarter of 2021 the port of Marseille-Fos has enlivened 19,6 million tons of goods (+20.5%), the port of Le Havre 19,2 million tons (+12.9%), the port of Dunkirk 12,4 million tons (+16.5%), the port of Calais 9.9 million tons (+9.5%) and the port of Nantes Saint-Nazaire 4.2 million tons (-46.7%).

In the first half of this year the French port has handled a total of 137.2 million tons of cargo, with a slight increase of +0.5% on the first half of 2020, of which 25,3 million tons of containerized goods (+31.5%) totalled with a container handling of 2.56 million of teu (+26.0%), 28.2 million tons of ro-ro cargoes (+0.8%), 28.2 million tons of dry bulk (-1.6%) and 53.4 million tons of liquid bulk (-8.8%).

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