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Port of Trieste shows good solidity in first six months of 2020

TRIESTE – Despite the ongoing global pandemic, the Port of Trieste never shut down, and specific sectors showed a satisfactory resilience. During the first semester of 2020, 26,257,000 tonnes of goods were handled in the Port of Trieste: a 14% drop compared to the first semester of 2019.

The reduction is largely due to the decrease in liquid bulk (-13%), which accounted for about 64% of the total drop in traffic; traffic in miscellaneous goods fell by 10%, and traffic in solid bulk fell by 70%. It should be noted that the reduced traffic in liquid bulk and miscellaneous goods was due to the recession caused by Covid-19, while for solid bulk the closure of the Ferriera steel plant played a crucial role since it accounted for 90% of such traffic in past years. The container sector bucked the general trend, and was the least affected by the pandemic during the first six months of 2020, with only a small 4% drop in traffic, and 376,250 TEUs handled.
Consider the circumstances, the Ro-Ro sector also did rather well, with its 106,400 units amounting to a drop of 5% compared to the previous year. Data from June suggest that the sector is recovering. Unless there are new and unfavourable developments with the current emergency, the coming months are expected to make up for the losses early in the year. Concerning rail traffic, 3,900 trains were operated during the first semester of 2020 (-25%): a direct consequence of the reduction in traffic due to the pandemic. Despite the emergency, intermodal links with Europe remained active throughout. Trieste’s strong rail links remained solid with seven countries receiving regular service thanks to the numerous Italian and foreign rail companies operating in the port, and to the services inaugurated or strengthened recently to and from Austria and Padua.