Traffic at Spanish ports overall in 2013 has dropped by almost 6%. However, dry bulk traffic has been particularly poor, decreasing by 17.5% in July, from 7.17mt (million tonnes) in 2012 to just 5.94mt in July this year. However, the explanation for this is very simple: Spanish harvests have been so good that it has resulted in a significant reduction in the import of flour.

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