While imports rose by 2.3% year-on-year up to over 1.31mt over 2018's first half, exports contracted by 7.9% yoy down to 932.3kt.
With 1.55mt (-1.6% yoy), the turnover of general cargo constituted the bulk of the Italian seaport's cargo traffic in H1 2018. Out of this figure, ro-ro & ferry traffic (+0.8% yoy) accounted for almost the entire volume, with the remaining 2.0kt being break-bulk (-95.0% yoy).
The number of ro-ro cargo units going through Piombino's quays was smaller than in H1 2017, too, down by 1.7% yoy to 69,347 trucks and trailers.
Both the throughput of dry and liquid bulk decreased in the reported period, by 2.2% yoy and 31.8% yoy to 671.6kt and 20.8kt, accordingly.
Passenger traffic noted a downtick as well, totalling 1,192,976 travellers (-5.1% yoy). Local traffic amounted to 1,161,696 passengers (-5.6% yoy), ferry to 25,788 (+5.3% yoy), whereas cruise to 5,492 (+154% yoy).