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30 March 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 15:03 GMT+2

March 12, 2020

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Moroccan ports have been busy in 2019 153.1 million tonnes of goods (up 11.3%)

Passengers down -1.1%

Last year, Moroccan ports handled traffic 153.1 million tonnes of goods, with a record an increase of 11.3% compared to 2018 when it was recorded the previous historical peak. This was announced by the Ministry of Transport of Rabat, which he specified as the significant increase was driven by the growth in the volume of transfers, which totaled 47.9 million tonnes (up 32.9%), but also imports (6.9%) cabotage (0.8%), while export volume was down -1.1%.

The distribution of overall traffic remained dominance of imports, which account for 41% of the total, followed by traffic 31.3%, exports with 24% and exports with 24% and 3.6%.

In 2019, imports amounted to 62.9 million with a positive trend in coal imports (10 million tonnes, up 12.6%), cereals (7 million tonnes, 4.7%), sulphur (6.6 million tonnes, up 19.9%) and a bend (12.7 million tonnes, -2.2%).

As far as exports are concerned, last year they 36.8 million tonnes (-1.1%), including mainly raw phosphate (9.6 million tonnes, -13.9%), fertilizers (8.7 million tonnes, up 6%), phosphoric acid (3.9 million tonnes million tonnes, up 3.7%), containers (4.8 million tonnes, 1.2%) clinker (1.1 million tonnes, -28%).

The Ministry has announced that, transhipment, after the start of port operations in the port of Tanger Med 2 in June 2019 the Tanger Med port complex confirmed its position as an essential logistics platform in the Mediterranean basin with a new record of 65 million an increase of 24.7% compared to 2018.

New car traffic was 589,200 vehicles 72%, of which more than 72% of which was exported.

With regard to passenger traffic, in 2019 Moroccans saw 5.32 million passengers (-1.1%) pass through and the ports of the Strait -- Tanger Med and Tangier City -- has managed more than 83% of this flow of people.

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