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JNS issues report on Aqaba port

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Containers moving through the Port of Aqaba saw a 8.2 percent decrease between January and July 2021, according to figures issued by Jordan Navigation Syndicate (JNS) on Sunday. (Photo: Jordan News)
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AMMAN— The volume of exported and imported containers cleared in the Port of Aqaba saw a 8.2 percent decrease between January and July 2021, according to figures issued by Jordan Navigation Syndicate (JNS) on Sunday, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Over seven months, the number of exported and imported containers dropped to about 433,000 to the end of July, compared to about 471,000 in the same period last year, due to the soaring maritime freight rates globally, the data showed.

In July, the number of containers at the Aqaba Port went down by 12 percent to 59,000, compared to 67,000 for the same period last year, the JNS' figures revealed.

Meanwhile, the number of vehicles exported and imported through the Aqaba Port over the first seven months of the 2021 dropped by 2 percent, compared to about 64,000 for the same period last year, Petra reported.

The number of ships that docked in Aqaba port stood at 991, an increase of 9 percent, in the January to July period of 2021 compared to the same period last year.

Secretary General of the JNS Mohammad Al-Dalabih said the Aqaba Port is witnessing “growing” activity this year, thanks to the government's COVID-19 measures that helped normalize conditions at the port, describing the recent figures as “optimistic”, according to Petra.

In the first four months of this year, 991 ships docked at the port, representing an 8.7 percent increase compared to last year, which saw 912 vessels docking the port, according to Dalabih said.

The port handled 8 million tonnes of cargo in the first seven months of the year — a 3 percent increase over last year. Additionally, imports increased by 8 percent and imports increased by 1 percent the JNS chief said.

Passenger traffic rose by 5 percent to some 57,000 in the first seven months of 2021, Dalabih said, due to the resumption of a passenger route that links Aqaba with Egypt's Nuweiba Port, Dalabih pointed out.


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