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Barcelona box traffic up 15% in 2018

The Port of Barcelona handled 3.4M TEU in 2018, 15% up on 2017

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Barcelona box traffic up 15% in 2018

This growth is even more significant if taken into consideration that it comes on top of the significant increase experienced in 2017 (+32.5%), when Barcelona was the fastest-growing European port.

All-told the port handled 67.7 Mt of traffic, involving all cargo modes, representing a year-on-year increase of 10% and setting a new record.


Transhipment container traffic increased by 35%, while exports grew by 6.6% to 752,915 TEU and imports increased by 3.5% to 580,892 TEU.


While China consolidated its role as the port’s main container trades trading partner (25%), trade with Algeria was up by 45%, with the USA it was up by 18%, India up by 4.4%, Mexico by 12.6%, Vietnam by 27.5%, Thailand by 18.7% and Egypt by 14%.


The port handled 262.379 TEU of containerised rail transport (+7.7%). This result led to a 13.3% increase in the proportion of port traffic moved by rail. Rail transport also increased its share for the arrival and departure of vehicles at the port. In total, car transport by rail exceeded 263,900 units (+11%), a result that took the rail share of vehicles to 36.2%.

The volume of new vehicles traffic was down by 3% to 810,218 units.


The Motorways of the Sea, regular lines connecting Barcelona with various destinations in Italy and North Africa, progressed positively in 2018, helping to divert nearly 150,000 trucks from the roads to the maritime mode. This figure represents an increase of 7% in goods transported by short sea shipping services that regularly connect with ports such as Civitavecchia, Genoa, Savona, Livorno, Porto Torres, Tangier, Algiers and Tunisia.

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