Spain’s Port of Bilbao reported 15 million metric tons of cargo traffic in the first six months of 2013, and increase of 11 percent year-over-year.
Out of that total, however, container volume was down 1 percent year-over-year.
During the first half of the year, exports through the port rose 20 percent versus the first half of 2012, while imports grew 7 percent. Half of the external traffic continued to have its origin or destination in Atlantic Europe, which saw a 27 percent rise, followed by Atlantic North America, Atlantic South America and Central America, in terms of the volume of goods.
Of the total first-half cargo, 8 percent enters and leaves the port’s facilities by rail, a figure that rose to 13 percent with respect to container traffic. Rail port traffic improved 3 percent year-over-year in the six-month period.
Turnover in the first six months of 2013 reached €30.5 million, inching up slightly compared to the same period in the previous year. Meanwhile, the port authority is set to invest a total of €40.5 million in 2013.