Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the rail blockade and periods of strike by checkers and markers, total traffic at the Port of Montreal fell 14.1% in 2020 compared to the previous year, according to the results preliminary unveiled by the Montreal Port Authority.
As for containerized goods, their movement was less affected than expected, falling only 5.7% compared to 2019. More than 1.6 million containers transacted at the Port of Montreal.
The most affected sector of the Port of Montreal was the transport of liquid bulk, that is to say materials mainly related to energy and agriculture, such as gasoline, fuel oil, diesel, kerosene. , fertilizers and other chemicals. The six terminals in the port operating in liquid bulk suffered a drop of 24%.
“Despite these decreases recorded in all sectors, the last quarter of 2020 was marked by an encouraging recovery, particularly in container traffic with Asia as well as in the handling of certain commodities in the solid bulk sector. , such as iron ore and grains, ”said the Montreal Port Authority in a statement Friday.