Container traffic at Valenciaport is up 3.34% in H1 2021 compared to the same period in pre-pandemic 2019.
"The worst of the crisis is over and the pace of Valenciaport’s shipping activity shows a very positive trend compared to 2019, a year without pandemic”, declared the València Port Authority. Comparisons between H1 2021 and H1 2020 tend to be misleading as the global economy was dramatically slowed in H1 2020 by the pandemic. València has helpfully provided a comparison between 2021 and 2019, which gives a clearer picture.
In June 2021, total freight traffic was 7.3Mt, up 11.11% compared to 2019 and 20.6% on June 2020. "Increases above double digits are also seen in the movement of containers, which in June this year reached 487,803, representing an increase of 11.33% compared to a "normal" year such as 2019 and 23.2% compared to a pandemic month, which is June 2020," the port said.
“In this return to positive activity, exports by companies in the Valencian Community and Valenciaport’s area of influence are playing a strategic role. Full containers dedicated to sales abroad stood at 96,455 in June this year, 17% more than in the same month of 2019 and 35% more than in 2020. Both in this month and in the accumulated of the year, all productive sectors recorded positive figures, especially strategic industries such as construction materials, agri-food and automotive."
Not all the port’s business has returned to pre-pandemic levels, however. Passenger traffic was 55% lower in June 2021 compared to June 2019 (even though June 2021 was 48% higher than June 2020). The auto trade has also not yet fully recovered, with vehicles handled falling 43% in June 2021 compared to June 2019.
Looking at H1 2021 compared to H1 2019, total freight traffic rose 4% to 42.6Mt. Container traffic increased 3.34% to 2.83M TEU, ro ro traffic fell 7% to 6.3Mt, and auto units were down 30% to 275,409.