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19 September 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 11:43 GMT+2

September 7, 2020

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In July, freight traffic in Spanish ports down -13.2%

Cruise traffic is still halted, while traffic ferries fell by -54.6%

The traffic of goods handled by Spanish ports is on a monthly basis since November 2019, a decline that has been very much accentuated since last March coinciding with the first broad effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on many economies World. Since last November, the negative trend has all the main product segments in which the stopovers operate Spanish dockers, with some little significant exception such as the 3.7% increase in solid bulks recorded in April.

The downward trend in the volume of continued in July 2020, a month that - with 42.4 million tons moved by national ports -- marked a decrease of -13.2% on July 2019. The least significant contraction was registered by containerized goods that are 16.1 million tonnes (-7.0%), which is a volume that is was made with a container handling of almost 1.4 million teu (-10.9%). More consistent is the decline conventional goods, which stood at 5.8 million tonnes (-18.0%), both the decline in solid bulks, and 5.4 million tonnes (-25.3%), as well as Liquid bulks fell by -11.1% to 14.4 million tonnes.

However, Puertos del Estado pointed out that traffic in July 2020 by Spanish ports confirms the phase of recovery from the peak impact of the pandemic, 1.6 percentage point improvement the previous month of June, which had marked a -14.8%, an increase in - took over the president of the government agency, Francisco Toledo - which "confirms the prediction we made months ago evolution of port traffic and its gradual return figures before the pandemic.'

Particularly heavy was the impact of the pandemic effects on passenger traffic due to mainly the zeroing of cruise traffic compared to 966,000 cruisers in July 2019. The number of 1.7 million (-54.6%).

In the first seven months of this year, Spanish ports 295.7 million tonnes of goods, down -11.3% over the corresponding period in 2019. In the container sector alone, traffic was 9.3 million teu (-10.1%).

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