Port of Antwerp freight volume up 3.3% so far this year

The port of Antwerp announced that it had handled 161,671,573 tonnes of freight in the first nine months of this year, up 3.3% on the same period last year.

The container volume rose during the first nine months by 3.7%, finishing at 88,639,126 tonnes. In terms of the number of TEU handled the figure came to 7,556,386, an increase of 4.0%.

Ro/ro for its part was down by 1.9%, finishing at 3,398,867 after the first nine months. The number of cars handled experienced a slight dip during the month of September, so that the overall growth during the first six months went into reverse during the third quarter, falling by 2% to 894,475 units.

The volume of conventional breakbulk on the other hand remained practically the same at 7,266,951 tonnes, just 0.5% down. The steel volume, however, experienced very strong growth, up 15.3% to 5,748,492 tonnes. On the down side increasing containerisation led to a lower conventional volume of paper (down 44.4% to 436,444 tonnes) and fruit (down 26.5% to 377,418 tonnes).

Source: Antwerp Port Authority

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