Almería, Spain (PortSEurope) October 19, 2017 – The Andalusian ports, namely Almería, Algeciras Bay, Cádiz, Huelva, Málaga, Motril and Seville, handled a total of 4.2 million tonnes of horticultural products in 2016, according to data from the national ports agency Puertos del Estado.
Spanish ports handled 510 million tonnes in 2016, of which 8.5 million tonnes were fruits, vegetables and legumes. Of that amount, about 60%, 4.9 million tonnes, corresponded to import-export traffic, a figure that makes Spain the main supplier of this type of products.
During the first six months of 2017, the import/export of fruits, vegetables and legumes increased by 2.3%, reaching 1.8 million tonnes. Given the forecast of the port system for the next years, the evolution of this type of cargo would reach ten million tonnes in 2020.
Spain, because of its strategic geographical location, has already become the ‘gateway’ to Europe for imports of fruit from third countries. In this sense, the existence of an extensive network of ‘reefer’ connections in port terminals, as well as refrigerated storage companies both in the ports and in the logistics areas associated with them, are a reason for optimism.
Source: La Vanguardia
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