Photo: Flickr CC by Jaume Meneses

Photo: Flickr CC by Jaume Meneses

Last modified: 21/01/2013

Historic export record by the Port of Barcelona

With an increase of 7% between January and August 2012 compared to the previous year, it has established itself as the main logistic 'hub' for Southern Europe. Furthermore, Grimaldi starts the construction of a new 'Short Sea Shipping' terminal at Moll Costa.

Between January and August 2012 the Port of Barcelona again broke the record for container export, with a total number of 355,373 TEU, which signifies a 7% increase compared to the same period in 2011. With regard to the traffic in new vehicles, during the first 8 months of 2012 it handled a total of 444,965 automobiles (with 254,398 destined for foreign markets), representing an increase of 15% on exports compared to the same period in 2011.

In addition, China has established itself as the main destination for containers from the Port of Barcelona, followed by the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Algeria and the United States, Brazil, Morocco, Singapore, Mexico, South Korea and India.  

New Grimaldi Terminal at Moll Costa

On the 14th January, the first stone was laid for the new ferry terminal Grimaldi Terminal Barcelona. Situated at the Moll Costa and designed by the architect Yannic Levêque for the company IDOM, the new infrastructure will include a three-storey building which will occupy a floor space of 3,750 square metres and a maritime terminal with a capacity for 1,800 passengers. 

With an investment of 20 million Euros, the Italian company consolidates their commitment to the city as the epicentre of their Short Sea Shipping in the Mediterranean. For its part, the Port of Barcelona strengthens its commitment to this model of efficient and sustainable transport, with which it has become a benchmark in Southern Europe. 

The Port of Barcelona, logistic 'hub' of Southern Europe

The Port of Barcelona is the main transport and service infrastructure for Catalonia and a benchmark port for the European Mediterranean region. 

Specialising in general cargo and high added-value goods (consumer goods, electrical products and vehicles), it brings together the largest logistic and transport offering for the Iberian Peninsula and Southern Europe and is also the first in Spain for international traffic. In addition, from the point of view of employment, it generates 32,000 jobs (14,000 of which are direct employment). 

The Port is noted also for its diversification: It is both a commercial and a cruise port, logistic, energetic and city-based. 


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