HAROPA, the joint venture between the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris, saw traffic plunge by 20.38 million tonnes in Q1 2020, a drop of 12.8 percent for the same period 2019.
The first-quarter results, which reflect the initial impacts of the overall slowdown in the global economy, include very contrasting situations across the various sectors.
In the container industry, from mid-March traffic was 530 000 TEUs, down 23 percent with 156 stopovers by container ships in March 2020, i.e. 16 fewer than in March 2019.
Meanwhile, solid bulk sector was boosted by record cereal exports, up 18 percent to 4.26 Mt. The 2019-2020 cereal season has been excellent with 7.2 Mt loaded at the end of March, an increase of 24 percent compared to the previous season.
However, the temporary limitation on refining capacity is impacting the liquid bulk sector, down 16 percent to 10.48 Mt.
Despite the context and confinement that has occurred because of covid-19, HAROPA ports remain 100 percent operational to supply the country and meet export needs, thanks to the efforts made by all players in the supply chain to ensure continuity of service.