Port of Barcelona reconfirms pre-recession cargo volumes
The Spanish port of Barcelona handled about 973,000 teu in 2013, thereby reconfirming the level of throughput of 2007, before the economic crisis began.
With regard to export cargo, the port was able to increase the volume by 4.5% year-on-year, taking the number of boxes to 581,377 teu, an all-time record for the port, and equating to a 33% increase on the 2008 peak. Import container traffic, which had been declining throughout the recession, started to gradually recover from June last year and came in at a total volume of 391,156 teu, corresponding to a 2% rise.
New vehicle handling is one of the most important business segments for the port, which recorded a throughput of 705,374 units - up 6% year on year. With over 380,000 units, 2013 car exports were 18% higher than the record results achieved by the port in 2007, while imports increased by 4.4% over the previous year. In total, the port of Barcelona handled 42.4 million t in 2013, which is virtually identical to the results achieved in the preceding year.