Continued Growth at Tangier Med Port Attracts International Investors

Tanger Med Port. Photo credit: F.Dubessy

Rabat – Tanger Med Port 2 complex, part of one of Morocco’s largest ports,  handled more than 4.8 million containers in 2019.

The value of containers handled in the port complex represents more than a 38% increase in 2019, compared to the number of containers that passed through the port in 2018.

A press release from the port specified that a total of 4,801,713 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) has passed through the port since it became operational. 

The Tanger Med port complex also handled 500,465 vehicles at the two-vehicle terminals in 2019, representing a growth of 5% compared to the previous year.

The number includes 380,784 Renault vehicles, of which 349,050 were for exports. The statistics also include more than 112,857 vehicles handled at the common user terminal.

“Last year [2019]  was marked by the start of PSA vehicle exports through Tanger Med port from the Kenitra plant,” the statement added.

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In addition to cars, Tanger Med Port handled a total of 357,214 trucks in 2019, representing a growth of 9% compared to 2018.

Exports were mainly driven by industrial and agri-food products.

The recent data from the port showed that passenger activity in the port maintained stability last year, with a transit of  2,775,402 passengers (-1%) and 697,324 vehicles (+1%) compared to 2018.

“Liquid bulk traffic grew by +7% compared to 2018, as it recorded total traffic of 6,349,154 tons of hydrocarbons handled,” the report added.

The report found that solid bulk traffic recorded a total of 258,340 tons handled, representing  an increase of 2% thanks to “the traffic of steel coils and wind turbine blades.”

In 2019, 14,305 ships docked at Tanger Med port, up 7% compared to 2018.

About 800 mega-ships (over +299 meters in size) docked in the port, representing a9.9%  increase compared to the previous year.

In addition to export and import activities, the port also continues to attract international investments.

The press release from the port authority said that  10 new operators have launched activity in the Tanger Med port logistics zone in 2019, including international players such as DHL, NIPPON EXPRESS, and KASAI.

“All of these achievements confirm Tanger Med’s position as the prime platform serving the Moroccan economy and as a major logistics hub for global trade,” the statement concluded.