The crisis seems to have bypassed the region’s ports – the growth of the container trade at Algeciras was the highest in the world last year, second only to Shanghai.
During the first five months of this year, the port handled 238.4 million tons of merchandise. During the same period, Malaga port handled 28.4 million tons of merchandise, an increase of nearly 20 per cent over the same period last year.
Huelva port has taken advantage of its proximity to the Cepsa refinery which, together with the refinery at San Roque, is among the most important in the country. Motril port is also flourishing since the opening of a new connection with Melilla has increased traffic by 35 per cent.
Almeria port has not been left behind either, having seen an increase in bulk merchandise of 100 per cent over the past year. Only Seville strikes a negative note – traffic of goods there has dropped just over 3 per cent in the past year.