Morocco’s Ports Activities Decline by 2.8% in September 2021
Rabat – The overall traffic recorded in Moroccan ports reached 68.5 million tonnes at the end of September 2021, compared to 70.47 million tonnes at the end of September 2020, the National Ports Agency (ANP) announced today.
The number represents a 2.8% decline compared to the same period one year earlier.
The ports of Mohammedia, Casablanca, and Jorf Lasfar accounted for 67.2% in September 2021, the equivalent of 55 million tonnes of the overall traffic recorded in all Moroccan ports.
The port of Jorf Lasfar saw the highest volume, with a 38.9% share of overall traffic.
Exports in the port of Jorf Lasfer, however, experienced a 7.3% decline at the end of September due to a 5.7% drop in the exports of fertilizers and a 38.9% decline in phosphates exports. Meanwhile, imports of coal, sulphur, and cereals dropped by 12.9%, 14%, and 28.7%, respectively.
The port of Mohammedia experienced a slight recovery of 0.4% compared to the third quarter of last year, thus accounting for a transit of 3.5 million tons of goods at the end of September 2021.
ANP’s report explained that the recovery is due to a 13.1% increase in diesel imports, whereas butane imports fell by 3%.
For its part, the Casablanca port recorded 33% (22.4 million tonnes) of the national traffic, which declined by 2.1% compared to the same period of 2020.
The ANP reported that the sharp decline recorded in the Casablanca port is mainly due to the decrease in imports of cereals by 18.8%, livestock feed by14.5%, and phosphate by 2.6%.
It noted that container and sugar import traffic marked an increase of +12.9% and +11.9% respectively.
Source: Morocco World News