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17 May 2022 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 04:17 GMT+2

April 20, 2022

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Third consecutive quarterly decline in containers in the port of Antwerp

In the first three months of 2022 the total loads handled recorded a decrease of -1.5%

In the first quarter of this year the total traffic of the goods handled from the port of Antwerp marked a slight decrease of -1.5% determined by the third quarterly decline consecutive of containerized cargoes, which constitute beyond the half of the total traffic passing through the airport Belgian port. The global figure for the first three months of 2022 is state of 58.3 million tons compared to 59.1 million in the corresponding period last year.

In the container sector alone, traffic amounted to 31.3 million tons, with a reduction of -13.3% on the first quarter of 2021, traffic that was realized with a handling of containers equal to over 2.7 million teu (-11,6%). The Port Authority of Antwerp explained that if in 2021 container traffic remained stable, in the the first three months of 2022 the effect of the dysfunctions of containerized maritime traffic, of the high volumes of imported containers that are imposing considerable operational challenges by making it more difficult to operate container terminal. Added to this are the impacts of the conflict in Ukraine and the consequent sanctions imposed on the Russia.

On the other hand, the other various goods with rolling stock are growing increased by +2.4% to 1.3 million tons and goods conventional that, as in many other world ports, have marked a much more accentuated rise having stood at almost 3.0 million tons (+49.1%). The Belgian Port Authority has specified that steel traffic, which represents the share preponderant of the latter type of goods, continues to be supported on the export side, while the sanctions that give mid-March ban the import of steel from Russia and from Belarus have only a limited effect on the volume of traffic also because these flows are replaced by imports from other nations.

Liquid bulk also increased with 18.9 million tons (+15.3%) as well as dry bulk with 3.8 million tons (+11.0%).

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