In 2013, the Spanish port of Gijón grew by 3.21% in terms of dry bulk handled to 14.94mt (million tonnes), consolidating its position as the country’s leading port for that traffic segment. Curiously, while El Ferrol reported a 14.3% decline in dry bulk, it nevertheless overtook Tarragona as Spain's second most important dry bulk port.Tarragona slipped to third place because of a 32.2% drop in traffic. In fourth and fifth place respectively were Cartagena and Bilbao, the latter edging out Huelva.

Gijón,Valencia,Alicante, Bilbao and Malaga all reported big increases in dry bulk traffic.