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Tanger Med-Algeciras Port Partnership Keeps Services Operational

Tanger Med-Algeciras port partnership keeps services operational

Algeciras, Spain (PortSEurope) May 12, 2020 – A close business relationship between the Spanish port of Algeciras and the Moroccan Mediterranean port of Tanger Med has enabled the two ports to maintain services during the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis, maintaining national and international supply chains. The maritime connections between the two ports and the daily rotations of ships are operating normally, and more particularly the international
road traffic TIR, for trade, import and export, between Morocco and the European Union. This includes agro-industrial, agro-food, sanitary and pharmaceutical cargo. Regular exchanges of information and good practices take place between the two port authorities, as well as regular meetings are organized by videoconference, to guarantee the fluidity and continuity of operations. In parallel and within the framework of the advanced collaboration agreement put in place in February 2019, the two port authorities are continuing exchanges and joint work for the implementation of the device to facilitate trade flows across the Strait, in particular the exchange of digital data on the traceability of goods and trucks throughout the various access control points in the two port areas.  In order to ensure the management of these trade flows, there is the commitment of the entire port community as well as the control authorities that make up the logistics chain of this sea bridge. This global involvement allows the consolidation of the Detroit facilitation platform. Tanger Med has developed in recent years as a key port for Europe, handling nearly 4.8 million TEU in 2019, growth of 38% compared to 2018. With the new capacity at its container terminal as of 2019, Tanger Med is challenging the European hubs around the Straits of Gibraltar (Spanish Algeciras, Valencia and Portuguese Sines), and the hubs in the central Mediterranean Sea like Italy’s Gioia Tauro and Cagliari and Malta’s Marsaxlokk. The port benefits greatly from a developed hinterland, where the government’s preferential financial terms (industrial zones) have encouraged many international businesses to set up manufacturing facilities, exporting goods to Europe and worldwide, from industrial zones such as Tanger Automotive City. This includes French auto manufacturers PSA (Peugeot-Citroen) and Renault both have production facilities in these zones, and export products the European markets. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.

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