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Moroccan ports record five million passengers

The total number of passengers passing through the Kingdom’s ports during the past year reached 5.17 million passengers, an increase of 3.9% compared to 2017.

According to data released by the Ministry of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, the two ports adjacent to the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier and Tangier city, accounted for more than 85 per cent of the overall passenger traffic.

Ministry figures also recorded a rise in total port sales, from 134.9 million tons in 2017 to 137.5 million tons in 2018, an increase of 1.9 percent in various ports of the Kingdom.

According to the Ministry, the increase was due to an increase in the volume of imports by 2.62 per cent, and the volume of freight from vessels to ships within the port area by 3.8 per cent, while the volume of exports fell slightly by 0.9 per cent Cent.

According to the data of the port activities in Morocco in 2018, imports constituted an important 43% of the total port forwarding volume, followed by exports and passenger transport by 27% each, while the activity of the process of transporting goods and passengers between two points within the country Itself using a ship, only by 3 per cent of the total.

Morocco’s imports through ports amounted to a total of 60.9 million tons, mainly due to the popularity of coal (8.9 million tons / +29.9%), cereals (6.7 million tons / +1.5%), sulfur (5.5 million tons / +3.4%) and fuel (13 million tons / -10%).

Exports reached a total volume of 38.9 million tons, namely the demand for crude phosphate (11.2 million tons / +0.03%), fertilizers (8.2 million tons / +2.2%), acid (3.7 million tons / -2.5%) and containers (4.8 million tons / -13.7%).

The volume of marine fishing products in Moroccan ports remained stable during 2018, reaching about 1.4 million tons. The ports of Tangier, Jarf and Casablanca handled 114.3 million tons during 2018, representing 83 Per cent of total sales.

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