Barcelona, Spain (PortSEurope) August 3, 2018 – The port of Barcelona will lead, from November 9-11, a trade mission to Vietnam. The delegation, including companies importing and exporting, logistics and port operations will visit two major cities: the capital, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Min, which concentrates the largest commercial activity in the country. Vietnam is considered as a strategic market, in addition for being the
country that presents the greatest growth of southeast Asia, and the second of all in the Far East. It is seen by these companies as a stable country that is developing an ambitious reform plan to promote globalisation of its economy. Barcelona is presented to Vietnamese companies as the south gate to access the European market and the platform of distribution for the Mediterranean and North Africa. It is the capital of Catalunya, the most dynamic region of Spain and one of the four industrial engines of Europe. Barcelona, which currently offers five regular maritime lines that connect it with 18 Vietnamese ports, offers a complete range of logistics solutions and reliable transport of importers and exporters highly competitive. It is of one of the ports with the highest productivity in Europe, technologically advanced and with an excellent quality of service. Likewise, has an excellent maritime connectivity, interoceanic lines of high capacity with America and Asia, and daily services of short sea shipping to Italy and North Africa. The port, just 160 km from the French border, also has regular rail services to the Iberian Peninsula and Europe and offers customers complete logistic services prepared for serve any kind of merchandise and transport. Traffic between Barcelona and Vietnamese ports has steadily increased: in 2017, container traffic of Catalan origin or destination in Vietnam was 27,300 TEU, which is an increase of 19% over the previous year. With regard to the volume of tons, trade amounted last year to 362,412 tons, an increase of 18.5%. This positive trend is being maintained in early 2018 and, between January and June, container traffic between the port of Barcelona and Viet Nam increased 34%. Catalan Vietnam exports increased in 2017 for the third consecutive year to exceed €121 million, up 27.3%. Coffee, machinery, textiles, food and furniture are among the main goods exchanged between Barcelona and Vietnam. The 20th mission business of the port of Barcelona, which has been organized with the collaboration of the Generalitat de Catalunya, VOCI, Foment de Treball Nacional, PIMEC, Casa Asia, the institute of foreign trade of Spain, the Embassy of Vietnam in Spain and VISABA. In this edition, the Catalan delegation will be chaired by the minister for territory and sustainability (Minister of infrastructures), Damià Calvet, and the President of the Port of Barcelona, Mercè Conesa. The missions aimed at strengthening business and institutional links between the port and logistics communities of Barcelona and of the receiving countries, generating new business opportunities and contributing to the internationalization of their economies. Source: Port de Barcelona Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2018.