Jerusalem: Israel’s largest port sets record for container traffic in 2020. Haifa Port, the largest and busiest port in Israel, on Tuesday reported an all-time record high in container handling despite the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.
The Mediterranean port, located in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, handled a total capacity of about 1.47 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) throughout 2020, a 6-percent increase year on year.
The port’s previous record of about 1.46 million TEU was set in 2018.
The most substantial increase of 9 percent was in unloading full import containers, totaling over 5,94,000 TEU in 2020, compared with 5,44,000 TEU in 2019, the port said in a statement.
In terms of exports, the number remained almost unchanged, with about 3,62,000 TEU loaded in 2020, the Xinhua news agency reported.