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11 July 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 20:14 GMT+2

June 17, 2020

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Traffic levels at French ports are back at the level of ten years ago

In the first three months of 2020, 78.46 million tonnes of goods (-2.5%)

In the first quarter of this year, the volume of traffic moved by the French ports has returned to the level of ten years ago. In fact, in the period, the total was 78.46 million tonnes, slightly lower volume than 78.52 million tonnes handled in the first quarter of 2000 and represents a decrease of -2.5% compared to the first quarter of 2019. The decrease was generated by the significant decline miscellaneous goods amounting to 24.78 million tonnes (-18.1%), of which 9.28 million tonnes of cargo containers (-20.1%) totalized with a handling of containers of 963 thousand teu (-21.6%) 13.76 million tonnes of rolling stock (-20.8%). On the other hand, bulks are on the rise, with liquid loads amounted to 37.10 million tonnes (up 7.9%) and solid ones at 16.58 million tonnes 4.7%).

With regard to the main national ports, in the first three months The ports of Marseille and Le Havre have seen increases in traffic jams, having handled 21.80 million traffic tonnes (up 8.1%) 18.55 million tonnes (up 10.0%), while decreases were recorded at the ports of Dunkirk with 10.93 million tonnes (-16.7%), Calais with 9.61 million tonnes (-21.5%), Nantes with 7.40 million tonnes (-3.6%) And Rouen with 5.96 million tonnes (-5.9%).

The Ministry of Transport in Paris has specified that the traffic decline in the first quarter from ports France was driven by the effects of the strikes against the draft pension reform that took place in December 2019 and January 2020 and the containment and closure measures frontiers adopted in response to the coronavirus pandemic, to which There were also the impact of the uncertainty on Brexit and the tensions in the oil market.

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