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18 August 2022 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 19:41 GMT+2



July 14, 2022

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The increase in the six-monthly traffic of the port system Antwerp-Bruges was held back by the decline (-9.8%) in loads in containers

In the second quarter alone recorded a growth of +1.2%

In the first half of this year the port system Antwerp-Bruges, born at the beginning of last spring from the merger of the administrations of the airports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge ( of 12 February 2021), enlivened a freight traffic of 147.2 million tons, with a slight increase of +1.4% on the first semester of 2021 when the total was 145.2 million tonnes, of which 120.0 million cargoes handled by the port of Antwerp and 25.2 million from the port of Zeebrugge.

In the first six months of this year the core business of the new port system, that of containers, has acted as a brake with respect to upwards in volumes handled in all other sectors commodities. Container traffic, in fact, was pari a 74,1 milioni di tons, with a marked decrease of -9.8% on the first half of 2021. In terms of containers of 20 feet moved, container traffic was equal to almost 6.8 million teu (-6.2%). The port authority has specified that the container flow reduction is consequence of persistent supply dysfunctions and congestions containerized maritime chain, with ship delays and high volumes of import loads, to which the reduction of -39% of traffic with Russia as a result of the conflict in Ukraine.

On the other hand, other goods are growing strongly, starting from liquid and solid bulk, attesting respectively to 47,3 million tons (+16.5%) and 8,7 million tons (+17.6%), as well as rolling stock and freight traffic conventional, piled to 10,9 million tons (+8.9%) and 6.4 million tons (+22.0%). Handling is also recovering of cars with more than 1.7 million vehicles (+2.4%).

In the second quarter of 2022 alone, the Belgian port system handled about 75.1 million tons of cargo, with a progression of +1.2% on the same period last year. The containerized volumes are decreased of the -8,4% to 37,7 million of Tons. On the other hand, both bulk and loads are on the rise liquids that have totaled 24,4 million tons (+14.8%) and solid ones 4,5 million tons (+26.7%), both rolling stock with 5.5 million tons (+6.3%) that conventional goods with 3.3 million tons (+6.4%).

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