Tanger Med lifted 4.8 million TEU in 2019, attracting major investors
THE Tanger Med port 2 complex at one of Morocco's largest ports handled 4
THE Tanger Med port 2 complex at one of Morocco's largest ports handled 4.8 million containers in 2019, a year that saw DHL, Nippon Express and Kasai also invest in the port.
The value of containers handled in the port complex represents a 38 per cent year-on-year increase compared to 2018.
The Tanger Med port complex also handled 500,465 vehicles at the two-vehicle terminals, representing a growth of five per cent compared to 2018, reported New York and Rabat-based Morocco World News.
The number includes 380,784 Renault vehicles, of which 349,050 were for exports. The statistics also include more than 112,857 vehicles handled at the common user terminal.
'Last year was marked by the start of PSA vehicle exports through Tanger Med port from the Kenitra plant,' a statement from port authorities said.
In addition to cars, Tanger Med port handled a total of 357,214 trucks in 2019, up nine per cent year on year.
Exports were mainly driven by industrial and agri-food products.
Liquid bulk traffic grew by seven per cent compared to 2018, as it recorded total traffic of 6,349,154 tons of hydrocarbons handled.
Solid bulk traffic recorded a total of 258,340 tons handled, representing an increase of two per cent thanks to 'the traffic of steel coils and wind turbine blades.'
In 2019, 14,305 ships docked at Tanger Med port, up seven per cent compared to 2018.
Some 800 mega ships of over 299 metres in size docked in the port, representing a 9.9 per cent increase.
In addition to export and import activities, the port also continues to attract international investments.
The port authority said that 10 new operators have launched activity in the Tanger Med port logistics zone in 2019, including international players such as DHL, Nippon Express and Kasai.
'All of these achievements confirm Tanger Med's position as the prime platform serving the Moroccan economy and as a major logistics hub for global trade,' the statement officials said.