Cádiz, Spain (PortSEurope) April 18, 2018 – The port community of Cádiz has not rested since Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) operated container traffic from the docks of the capital to operate through the railway line that already links Sines (south of Lisbon, Portugal) with Seville, via Badajoz. The negotiations were and are open on several fronts.
The first benefit has been an agreement signed between Spanish state-run railway infrastructure operator Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias (Adif) and the Cádiz port authority (Autoridad Portuaria de la Bahía de Cádiz) in which Adif undertakes to tender the operation of the railway terminal that is already built in the logistics hub to transport the containers by rail from the port of Cádiz to Madrid.
The intention is for Adif to tender the railway terminal in a few days, for the port authority to bid in the tender as manager and for Concasa to operate in it with its cranes. The containers will be transported by truck from the Cádiz docks to Jerez and to Madrid by train thereon.
Sources from the port community point out that there are well-known and long-standing companies in Cadiz that are willing to operate the transport by truck. Among other obstacles, they would thus save the AP-4 toll, which makes road transport more expensive or slows it.
As for the deadlines, the sources say that in a couple of months this issue could be solved, if there are no surprises, since the logistics hub of Jerez has been completed for some time and it is more a bureaucratic process than anything.
So, at the latest, after this summer, the new Cádiz-Madrid cargo link could be running.
Source: La Voz de Cádiz
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