The port of Bilbao handled in 2020 a total volume of 29.5 million tonnes of goods, from which 61% were liquid bulks; 18%, containers; 12%, solid bulks; and 9%, breakbulk and ro-ro traffic. The number of TEUs were 485,776.
In terms of tons, the ten main goods handled were: crude oil (which represents 27% of the total traffic), natural gas (13%), gas-oil (8%), iron & steel (7%), chemicals (6%), petrol (4%), soy beans (3%) other non metal minerals (3%) and other petroleum products (2%).
Imports account for 66% of total traffic. However, if liquids are factored out, the port of Bilbao mostly handles exports, which account for 54% of its traffic.
The United Kingdom continues to be the main market for the port of Bilbao. and Bilbao the main gateway for trade between Spain and this country. If 66% of pre-Brexit traffic was with third countries, that figure, with the United Kingdom no longer a member of the EU, now stands at 76%.