As in all sectors, freight transport was also affected by the pandemic. However, as the pandemic situation normalizes, the volume of exports and imports will also regularize. We can observe this phenomenon both in the transport of goods by land and by sea.

According to INE “The transport of goods increased in all modes of transport compared to the same period of 2020, with levels higher than those recorded in the same period of 2019, except for air transport. Transport by sea had a growth, 29.7% compared to 2020 and an increase of 0.4% compared to 2019. Land transport grew 39.3% compared to 2020 and 3.1% compared to 2019.”

Therefore, we are going to indicate two of the sectors where the transport volume has evolved.

Export of textiles and clothing:

In this sector, exports in Portugal increased by 1.6% until September, compared to the same period of 2019. According to the sector association, this percentage increase corresponds to 3,985 million euros.

Taking into account data from INE, processed by the Portuguese Textile and Clothing Association, there was an increase of 16.1% compared to 2020.

Export of metallurgy and metalworking:

Portuguese exports of metallurgy and metalworking have grown by 21.4% since the beginning of the year. According to the Association of Metallurgical, Metalworking and Related Industries of Portugal (AIMMAP), the Metal Portugal brand (leader company in the Portuguese market) grew by 0.8% in 2020 compared to 2019.

In short, we can see that the transport of goods returns to it’s normal in the pre-pandemic period. Of the different types of freight transport available, those that manage to overcome the challenges most effectively are land and maritime transport.

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