Barcelona, Spain (PortSEurope) November 28, 2019 – Following a visit last year, Barcelona port has sent a delegation to Vietnam to promote the Spanish port’s capacities tom act as a hub for Vietnamese goods entering Europe.
The head of International Relations and Promotion of the Port, Manel Galán, held several meetings last week, both at business and institutional levels, in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh “to give continuity to the work done in the country after last year’s visit, reinforcing the contacts we keep here and creating new ones”.
Vietnam is one of the main ones markets of the port of Barcelona. Between the months of January and October, exchanges with this country add traffic of 25,832 TEU (full – import and export), which represents growth of 2.1%.
In Hanoi, the head of Relations International and Promotion held a meeting with the General Department of Vietnam Customs where progress was made in a possible collaboration of the Port of Barcelona with Vietnamese Customs for the provision knowledge about the processes related to the passage of goods through the port area, as well such as the coordination tasks that are carried out between the different inspection services involved. “Vietnam Customs is very interested in knowing how we solve some of these aspects in the Port of Barcelona and we offer all our know how to facilitate the passage of merchandise for the ports of the Asian country”, added Manel Galan.
Galan held meetings with the Embassy of Spain in Vietnam, and with the economic adviser, Juan Fernández Cuervo, in which the implications of the entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement signed last June between Vietnam and the European Union and that must be ratified by Parliament European and the National Assembly of Vietnam.
“We also talked about the next constitution of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam”, adds Manel Galan. In Hanoi, Manel Galan visited Vinamarine, the Maritime Administration of Vietnam, to meet Ngoc Yuen Nguyen, technical assistant of the department International, and Do Hong Cuong, from the Shipping and Maritime Services Department. The head of International Relations and Promotion, accompanied by Luz Pérez, representative of the Port of Barcelona to Southeast Asia, held a meeting with the deputy general director of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), Nguyen The Hung, who personally thanked her Collaboration last year in the organization of the business day held by the Port during the mission, as well as the facilitation of contacts with the business fabric of Ho Chi Minh. Nguyen The Hung hopes to organize a business mission in Barcelona next year, “probably taking advantage of the celebration of one of the great fairs that take place at Catalan capital”.
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