Press Release 21.04.2020 - The effect of COVID-19 on the handling of the Port of Thessaloniki
- Apr 21, 2020
- Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 April 2020 18:10
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all sectors of the global economy, including the global supply chain. ThPA S.A. considers that one of its obligations is to inform the Investment Community about the effects of the spread of the pandemic on the handling of cargo served through the Port of Thessaloniki.
In this context, it is announced that in March, the container and the conventional cargo traffic marked a decrease of 11% and 2.5% respectively, compared to 2019, as a result of the effects of the pandemic. In April, the Container Terminal and the Conventional Port traffic is expected to be reduced by 12% and 24% respectively, compared to 2019.
As the negative impact will become increasingly apparent in the 2nd quarter of 2020 also, it is anticipated, based on current available data, that in the 2nd quarter the throughput of containers and conventional cargo at the Port of Thessaloniki will decrease by some 12% and 27% respectively, compared to the same period of 2019.
In this critical situation for the global community, ThPA S.A. will continue to make every possible effort, with responsibility and awareness of its role, for the smooth operation of the Port and the Supply Chain. In addition, the Company has taken immediate and continuous measures to prevent the risks of COVID-19 and to maintain the work environment safe. Following closely the developments, ThPA S.A. continues to implement all the appropriate measures, to protect the health of the employees and of all the external partners and customers associated with ThPA S.A. activities.