Valenciaport shares new insights into traffic trends

Ukraine, Turkey, Algeria dominate traffic at Valenciaport

The Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) has reported that Ukraine, Turkey, Algeria and Saudi Arabia, are gaining visibility in the traffic statistics.

So far this year, the volume of tonnes imported from Ukraine has been 354,265 tonnes, which is 116.68 per cent greater than the amount unloaded in the same period last year. Goods in transit increased by 20.16 per cent, while exports stayed at zero.

According to PAV, traffic to the Far East is growing in importance. The number of TEU handled in the first three months of the year was 207,838, up by 23.38 per cent.

China remains Valenciaport’s major commercial partner, accounting for 157,025 TEU (+36.43 per cent). However, the countries with the highest TEU traffic with Valencia were Greece (+82.91 per cent), Egypt (+81.45 per cent), and Saudi Arabia (+76.61 per cent), owing to an increase in transshipment traffic at Valencian docks, primarily from Asia and destined for other Mediterranean ports.

PAV reported that Algeria and Turkey are two more nations that have increased their statistical visibility by 29.01 per cent and 21.75 per cent, respectively.

Exports to Morocco (+16.59 per cent) and France (+64.45 per cent) also increased significantly in the first quarter of the year.

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By sectors, and referring to March, the Statistical Bulletin of Valenciaport shows stability in vehicles and transport elements (+3.46 per cent) and in iron and steel products (-0.97 per cent). Energy products (-45.08 per cent) and the construction materials sector (-5.44 per cent) fell.

On the other hand, non-metallic minerals (11.91 per cent), fertilisers (+13.35 per cent), chemical products (+7.48 per cent) and agri-foodstuffs (+6.97 per cent) grew.

A more detailed analysis of the agri-food sector shows a 35.53 per cent growth in imports of cereals and flours, a figure directly related to the growth in traffic with Ukraine.

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The Valenciaport Statistical Bulletin indicates that RoRo traffic (maritime RoRo services, lorries, platforms) increased by 2.09 per cent while ITU (Intermodal Transport Units) increased by 7.54 per cent.

Overall, during March, Valenciaport’s docks handled almost 7 million tonnes (+3.84 per cent).

In terms of containers, 459,749 TEU were handled (+15.86 per cent). According to PAV, traffic handled in TEU stands at 1.24 million units (+12.07 per cent).

In March, PAV reported that export freights steadied and increased by 2.13 per cent.

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