After four days paralyzed by a dock workers’ strike, the blockade in the British port of Felixstowe, which has a monopoly on at least a third of the containers leaving the UK, has had no consequences for Valencia’s exporters, as confirmed yesterday by the sources of this newspaper. The port and the Chamber of Commerce. From the company Its president, Jose Vicente Morata, He explained that the excessive days of this strike have not passed yet, which is added to other economic activities in England in protest against the effects of inflation individually. But It is not ruled out that this will happen in the next few days The strike is scheduled to last eight days. Some slowdown or lag. Anyway, nothing relevant since the bulk of foreign trade between the Valencian community and the UK is done by land.
From the Valencia Port Authority (PAV) they insist on a similar message and warn that problems will arise if the layoffs at facilities on the English east coast are prolonged. The incident is, for now, “null”. Which is that the relationships between both places are not entirely deep. In fact, The exchanges between the two countries so far in 2022 amounted to 125,338 tons. Very short, if we take into account that Valenciaport transported more than 85 million tons in 2021. Of the mentioned amount, only 1152 tons arrive in Valencia from the British port, while 83,500 tons leave from the capital, Torre, to English facilities. The remaining 40,000 are products in transit that come from other countries and stop in Valencia to be loaded or unloaded with origin or destination Felixstowe.
From Valencia, 83,500 tons depart for Felixstowe and from this, 1152 travel to the capital of Túria
Of the 83,500 tons leaving Valencia and going to the English port, the vast majority (71,000) are building materials, mainly tiles. They are followed, by about two thousand tons in each case, by salt, ordinary wine, beverages, liquors and their derivatives. Metals, chemicals, iron and steel products are some of the major British exports to the Valencian Community.
Despite its great importance in the UK, the port of Felixstowe is quite a distance from the port of Valencia. The first transports 3.4 million containers per year, against 5.6 for the second, and takes fourth place in the European ranking and 29 globally. The one located in England is number 12 in Europe and 51 in the world.
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