Madrid, Spain (PortSEurope) February 12, 2019 – Spain’s 46 state-owned ports handled 560 million tons of cargo in 2018, of which more than 11 million tons were fruits, vegetables and legumes. Of this amount, more than 4 million tons corresponded to import-export traffic, a figure that makes Spain one of the main suppliers of this type of product to the rest of Europe.
The increase in this type of merchandise has a lot to do with the strengthening of maritime cabotage lines with European countries , where close to 90% of Spanish exports are directed, and with African countries bordering the Mediterranean.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has said that Spain is the leading exporter of fruits and vegetables in Europe. Thus, according to the latest data released by the Spanish Federation of Producers Exporters of fruits and vegetables (FEPEX – la Federación Española de Asociaciones de Productores Exportadores de Frutas, Hortalizas, Flores y Plantas vivas) the value of Spanish exports of fresh fruits and vegetables totaled €12,704 million in 2017, of which 93% had as destination in the European Union. Exported goods (of national production) and those that passed in transit (from third countries) through the ports are close to 7 million tons.
In addition, Spain, due to its strategic geographical location, has become Europe’s “gateway” for imports of fruit from third countries, exceeding 5 million tons of products in transit. Spanish ports offer an extensive network of “reefer” connections in port terminals, served by companies specializing in cold storage, both in ports and in the logistics areas associated with them.
According to the data provided by Aldefe, the association of the cold storage sector, the occupancy rate of about 3 million m³of its associates exceeded 85% during the third quarter of 2018, with a turnover of more than €100 million, and employing more than 1,400 people.
Spanish ports were present at the Fruit Logistica Fair, which was held in Berlin February 6-8, with a powerful offer of products and services for the fresh fruit and vegetable market.
At the “Ports of Spain” stand, and under the motto “Connecting the world to Fresh Fruit”, eight Port Authorities (Bahía de Algeciras, Bahía de Cádiz, Bilbao, Castellón, Huelva, Motril, SC Tenerife, and Valencia) offer 85 million m² of land area and storage areas, cold stores with about 2 million m³ capacity, more than 300,000 linear metres of berthing space, connections to any port in the world, border inspection points (PIF), phytosanitary services and all types of logistics solutions.
Source: Puertos del Estado
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