We expect moderate growth across Israel's ports in 2015, which will benefit from the base effects of a rebound in economic growth following disruption caused by the conflict in 2014. The port of Haifa will return to growth following two years of decline in its container throughput. The Israeli ports sector is undergoing a state of flux, with the major ports set to be expanded with new, privately operated, terminals, which will be able to handle the larger vessels that are becoming the norm on the key Asia-Europe trade route on which Israel stands. However, the se developments face strong opposition from current port workers and unions , which is impacting throughput .
Headline Industry Data
2015 port of Haifa total tonnage throughput to grow by 2.6%, and to average growth of 3.8% to 2019.
2015 box handling at Haifa will expand by 1.8% to 1.22mn twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). Positive growth projected to continue in 2016 and average 3.1% from 2015 to 2019.
Israel's total trade is forecast to see real growth of 2.8% in 2015, from a 3.5% expansion in imports and a 2.0% growth in exports. Total trade growth will average 4.0% over the medium term.
Key Industry Trends
Haifa Will Return To Growth : We expect the port of Haifa's container throughput to return to growth in 2015, albeit at a modest 1.8%. The port underwent two consecutive years of declines in 2013 and 2014, due to a host of factors. Underwhelming economic growth, conflict with Gaza, industrial action and the loss of Zim's business have all weighed on recent activity. We believe that the return of Zim's transhipment activity in September 2014 will be a major factor behind the return to growth in 2015, and will also reduce operational costs for shippers that relied on feeder services from the Greek port of Piraeus for much of last year.
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