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Spain - Economy: Barcelona port container traffic rises by historic 36%

The third quarter of 2017 was the best ever seen for container traffic for the Barcelona port, which grew by 36.8%.

Total port traffic surged by 31.2%. The port authority said that the increase was due to a sharp acceleration in traffic that began in early 2017. Container traffic rose by 31% from January to September: a total of over 2.2 million TEU.

All cargo transport sectors did well during the quarter, with trans-shipment rising by a whopping 129.8%. Foreign trade continued growing, with imports up by 9.3% (434,146 TEU) and exports by 3.5% (523,326 TEU). As concerns markets,

Asian countries saw the most growth in trade, especially the UAE at +11.3%. Trade with China also rose (+9.6%) as well as with South Korea (+14.2%), India (+13%), Japan (+10%) and Vietnam (+6.2%). Growth in ro-ro (ferry) traffic rose, which affects trade especially with Italy and North Africa, rising by 6% in the first nine months of the year.

Passenger traffic rose by 2.7% in the nine months in question at the Barcelona port, with a surge in passengers on ferries from Italy, the Balearic Islands and North Africa, rising by 11.4%. The number of cruise ships docking at the port fell by 1.9%.


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