Fertilizer exports from the port of Jorf Lasfar decrease due to the war in Ukraine (observatory)

A report by the Moroccan Ports Competitiveness Monitor (OCPM) highlighted that the total volume of traffic in the port of Jorf Lasfar reached 34 million tons by the year 2022.

The Observatory highlighted that the development of the port’s main routes was marked by a decline in fertilizer exports (minus 16.9 percent), which amounted to 8.4 million tons, noting that this decline is due to the impact of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict on international demand.

The matter also relates to a negative development in imports of OCP products, especially sulfur (-7.1%) and sulfuric acid (-39.9%). These changes are explained by a decrease in the production of phosphate fertilizers. On the other hand, the report highlighted that there was a decline in imports of coal and petroleum coke (coke de petroleum) by 1.8 percent, i.e. an average volume of approximately 6.3 million tons, and an increase in phosphate exports (+65.1 percent) with a volume of approximately 6.3 million tons. 840,714 tons, following the transfer of part of this activity from the port of Casablanca to the port of Jorf Lasfar, as well as phosphoric acid (+8.8 percent) with a volume of 2.1 million tons.

As for grain imports, they recorded an increase of 48.2 percent, with a volume of 2.5 million tons.

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