Record Year Ends for Romania’s Port of Constanta Amid War in Ukraine

Negro records historic merchandise transit figures in 2022 amid Ukrainian conflict

Negro closed 2022 with the best merchandise transit figures in its history, due to the increase in exports and imports from or to Ukraine. Constanta has become a vital junction for the Ukrainian economy, which has been forced to export and import grain, gasoline and other goods through this Romanian port.

According to a statement from the association of port operators of the main Romanian port, “The year 2022 represents the maximum volume of transit operated by the port of Constanta in its history”. It had managed more than 75,500 tons of merchandise last year, close to 12% more than the amount that arrived and left the port in 2021.

The increase in recorded transit is largely credited to the economic and geopolitical context generated by the armed conflict occurring in Ukraine. Romanian ports have offered a solution of goods, both originating in or destined for the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, in order to bypass the blockade of Ukrainian Black Sea ports. Grains account for “the vast majority” of the 11 million tons of goods that have been handled by Constanta.

Going forward, port operators hope to keep the record-breaking merchandise transit figures, as a way of showing solidarity to the neighboring country amidst their conflict.

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