PortCastelló is placed second in solid bulk traffic and maintains the ninth position in the Spanish port system.
The port of Castelló closes the financial year 2020 moving 18,541,498 tons of goods, which represents a decrease of 10.5% compared to the previous year. This decrease is in line with the closure forecasts of the Port Authority derived from the pandemic. Despite these figures, PortCastelló remains the ninth port in freight traffic among the 46 ports that make up the Spanish port system, given that the rest of the ports have also suffered falls due to the COVID-19 crisis.
By way of presentation of the goods, solid bulks are the ones that least suffer the impact of COVID-19, with a decrease of 5.2% compared to 2020, and closes with 6,727,253 tons. This data places the port of Castellón as the second port of the Spanish port system in this type of traffic, thanks mainly to the dynamism of the ceramic sector, “which has shown its resilience in such difficult times”, as the president of the Castellón Port Authority, Rafa Simó stated.
Total liquid bulk traffic was 9,801,550 tons, which represents 7.4 less than the previous year. These traffics have been hampered by the drop in crude oil and gasoline, although there have also been products that have increased, such as fuel oil.
Finally, the traffic that suffers the most is that of general merchandise, with a decrease of 33.9%, and closes 2020 with 1,977,882 tons.
Despite the decreases, PortCastelló remains in the Top10 of the main traffic. Thus, the second is in solid bulk, the seventh in liquid bulk, the eighth in container traffic and the tenth in fishing. This closure confirms the diversification of traffic in the port of Castellón, given that liquid bulks represent 53% of global traffic, and solids 36.4%.The most important goods moved in PortCastelló in 2020 have been, in this order, crude oil, feldspar, clays, fuel oil, gasoline, tiles, diesel and biodiesel.Finally, the main countries with which the port of Castellón maintains a commercial relationship are Turkey, Russia, Nigeria, Ukraine, Canada, Italy and Algeria.
Rafa Simó wanted to thank the effort and involvement of the Port Community in a “difficult and complicated year, but one that has allowed us to value the important role that ports play as a fundamental link in the logistics chain”.