Valencia leads Spain’s container imports and exports


According to the latest data published by Puertos del Estado, the Port of Valencia leads the import/export container traffic with 1,434,840 TEUs of the 3,587,921 containers transported between January and July 2021.

The 2021 traffic is 19.45% higher than that handled during the same period of the previous year, and represents 40% of the total number of import/export containers that entered or left the Spanish port system up to July.

Between January and July, 3.58 million TEUs entered and left through all the ports of Spain and 1.43 million TEUs (40%) through the Port of Valencia.

Valenciaport was followed in order of importance in managing Spanish international trade services by the ports of Barcelona (1.04 million import/export containers, representing 29.05%), Algeciras (0.390 million, 10.89%) and Bilbao (0.29 million and 8.01%).

As many loaded containers entered and left Valenciaport terminals as Barcelona and Algeciras terminals combined (1.43 million in Valencia compared to 1.04 million and 0.39 million in Barcelona and Algeciras, respectively); and between the three port enclaves they handled 70% of what Spanish companies import or export by sea (Valenciaport 40%, Barcelona 29% and Algeciras 11%).

The figures, provided by Puertos del Estado, show an upward trend in the international positioning of Valencia as a port connected to the world and to the global economy, capable of opening up new markets and providing new customers for Spanish companies, as indicated by the United Nations connectivity indexes.

Notwithstanding Valenciaport’s leadership in the world of containers and import/export, the Port of Barcelona maintains its first position in the Spanish ranking in passenger and cruise traffic; and the Port of Algeciras in general cargo volumes by tonnage; a specialisation which is also maintained by the other facilities of the Spanish system, each one of them in their respective fields.

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