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Traffic slides at main French ports

Traffic slides at main French ports
TRAFFIC throughput at France?s eight principal cargo ports fell 11.8% in 2009 but showed signs of recovery towards the end of the year.

Traffic slides at main French ports.

TRAFFIC throughput at France"s eight principal cargo ports fell 11.8% in 2009 but showed signs of recovery towards the end of the year.

December throughput at the eight ports was only 1.6% behind the total for December 2008, according to first indications from the French transport ministry.

The eight comprise the seven cargo ports covered by the government"s current port reform ? Marseilles, Le Havre, Dunkirk, Nantes-Saint Nazaire, Rouen, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, and the leading French passenger port, Calais.

Traffic was down at all ports except Rouen and Calais, which registered increases of 2.8% and 1% respectively.

At Calais, the passenger total fell more than 7% to 10.2m but freight traffic increased 1.85% to 38m tonnes.

The leading ports of Marseilles and Le Havre saw their traffic totals fall 13.3% and 8.5% respectively.

In 2008, the seven leading cargo ports (excluding Calais) handled 307m tonnes of traffic. Total traffic handled by all French ports together was 377m tonnes.

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