In real terms that growth represents 276,283 teu, and June especially helped to boost the overall figures with year-on-year growth of 14%.
Imports grew 5% in June despite a 2% overall decrease during the first six months of the year. The total volume of containers handled in the port during the first six months of the year was 828,169 teu, representing a decrease of 3% mainly due to a 42% drop in container transhipments.
The figures for vehicles’ traffic were noteworthy with a total of 364,217 units, an increase of 6% on the previous year. Vehicle transhipments have grown by 50% compared to 2012.
By the end of June, Barcelona’s terminals had handled over 21m tons of cargo, virtually the same as last year.
Liquid bulks performed well with a total of 5.2m tons (+1%); gasoline grew by 69%, exceeding a million tons during the first six months of the year and chemical products were also up +9%.
The increase in oils is linked to the development of new, dedicated terminals, such as Meroil Lukoil, which opened in May 2012, and Tradebe, which came into operation in April.
More than a million cruise passengers also passed through the port, up 15% on the same period last year.