Cargo traffic in Balearic ports rose by eight per cent last year, three points higher than the national average, according to a government answer to a parliamentary question raised by Socialist deputy Salvador de la Encina. Volume of cargo was more than 10.3 million tons, 826'000 tons more than in 1999. Cargo traffic in the main Spanish ports rose by less than five per cent to just over 336 million tons. The ports with the biggest increase in cargo traffic were Cartagena, Bahia de Algeciras, Huelva and Tarragona. The port with the biggest drop in cargo was Malaga, followed by Las Palmas, Ceuta and Marín-Pontevedra. Cargo in Malaga dropped from 9.2 million tons in 1999 to 3.7 million tons last year.

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