Traffic at Valenciaport back to pre-pandemic levels


Valenciaport has reported traffic through January to November 2021 exceeding 5,161,440 TEU, bringing the port back to pre-pandemic levels.

In the month of November 2021, a total of 1,002,870 containers left the port’s terminals – at a rate of 3,000 units per day.

In the period of December 2020 – November 2021, Valenciaport handled a total of 5,646,844 TEU, a 5.41% increase over December 2019 – November 2020. During this time, export containers amounted to 1,091,149, while imports reached 820,328.

With these figures in mind, it means that the port is now the fourth top European port in terms of container handling, having recently overtaken the Greek port of Piraeus in September 2020. Ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp and Hamburg are still leading.

“With regards to the markets which purchase the most products from Valencian and Spanish industries, the United States stands out. In the first 11 months of the year, 135,103 containers full of cargo have arrived the North American country from Valenciaport’s terminals,” said Valenciaport in a statement.

China closely follows the United States as the port’s third-largest customer, with 68,937 containers.

However, it was revealed that Italy is the country that moves the most freight traffic to and from Valenciaport. Through January to November 2021, commercial transactions with the country have moved 6,980,854 tonnes, with a growth of 23.36%.

In terms of sectors, up to November of this year, the most active in foreign sales has been the energy sector with an increase of 57.33%.

The Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) has also recently begun evaluating air quality levels at Valenciaport, informing the port community and residents of Valencia on key environmental parameters derived from port operations.

Announced in November 2021, the initiative comes as part of the port’s Green C Ports project which aims, through digitalisation, to increase the efficiency of port operations while promoting environmental sustainability, increase the connectivity of the port with the city and reduce the impacts of its operations, and improve the information and interoperability systems.

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