Barcelona, Spain (PortSEurope) June 12, 2019 – Barcelona port President Mercè Conesa has inaugurated the SINO-European International Freight Forwarders Conference, the main meeting of Chinese and Asian freight forwarders in Europe organized by the China International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFA), with the collaboration of the WCA Family of Logistic Networks (WCAF), l’Associació de Transitaris de Barcelona (ATEIA-OLTRA) and the port of Barcelona.
The SINO-European International Freight Forwarders Conference gathers 350 freight forwarders, mainly from Asia, Europe and America. During the four days of the conference, deputy general director of Strategy and Commerce of the Port of Barcelona, Santiago Garcia-Milà; and the ATEIA-OLTRA president, Emili Sanz, is expected to hold meetings between freight forwarders from all over the world.
At the inauguration, Mercè Conesa recalled that “the commercial axis between Asia and Europe, with annual traffic exceeding 23 million containers, is today one of the most important commercial axes in the world. In this regard, she affirmed that, “China is the first market of the Port of Barcelona, since it is the origin of 42% of its imports and the destination of 10% of the exports”.
In addition, she also stressed that the port has received important investment, carried out by Hutchison Ports Holding in the container terminal BEST, which joins the others Chinese companies in Barcelona. Finally, Mercè Conesa explained the competitive improvements that the Port of Barcelona offers in front of the large ports of northern Europe, with reliable access and competitive to the large European market of 400 million consumers but with savings of 15% in logistics costs and 20% in carbon footprint.
In his speech, the deputy general director of Strategy and Commerce of the Port of Barcelona, Santiago Garcia-Milà, explained that the port “is drafting its strategic plan bearing in mind that Asia is today the first economic and commercial region of the world and, therefore, that infrastructure must be developed and services that can respond to future transportation needs that are generated between Europe and Asia”.
Garcia-Milà recalled that today competitiveness is not between ports, but between logistics chains and, consequently, the Port of Barcelona offers Chinese operators an expanded infrastructure with sufficient capacity, excellent connectivity with its European and Mediterranean markets and a clear customer orientation of their services. “
Source: Port de Barcelona
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