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Tarragona Port Tests Agri-food Transport By Rail

Tarragona port tests agri-food transport by rail

The Port of Tarragona carries out a test with an agri-food product by rail; loading 250 tons of soybean meal in 4 wagons at the port facilities – May 29, 2020 The facilities of the Castilla dock in the Port of Tarragona, in the Ership terminal, were yesterday, May 27, protagonists of loading 250 tons of soybean meal by rail, using four wagons of 66
tons each. This is a new operation that represents a step forward in improving the port’s positioning in the movement of agri-food products, both in Spain and in the Mediterranean region. Since last year, the Port of Tarragona has carried an average of three weekly trains of agri-food products, mainly corn with traffics of five weekly trains since last April. This time it is the first time that soybean meal is loaded and if the operation is carried out correctly it will allow a new service to be provided. A regular railway transport line from the Port to the end customers of the Tarragona port hinterland. This new operation aims to introduce a qualitative and quantitative leap in the logistics chain, since for this type of product it is a more efficient service, both from an economic point of view and from a sustainable point of view. This system, currently undergoing tests, opens the doors to a new activity with great potential to transport goods by rail to the destination in the areas of Zaragoza, Huesca, Lleida and Vic. The commercial department of the Tarragona Port Authority (APT) It is currently working to get new customers in the rail service for the movement of agri-food, taking advantage of the possibilities that arise in the medium term. Traffic in agri-food products The Port of Tarragona receives agri-food products from the main producing countries such as Ukraine, Romania, Argentina and the United States. The distribution of these products reaches a very important hinterland, which includes all of Catalonia, Aragon and much of Navarra and eastern Castile, where more than 40% of the total production of feed in Spain is manufactured. The products are imported through the Port of Tarragona and from the Port they are transported to the areas where animal feed is manufactured, such as the factories in Lleida, Zaragoza, Girona and, to a lesser extent, to industries in Soria and Huesca. The movement of agri-food products is one of the most outstanding in the Port of Tarragona, both for its volume, about 5 million tons per year on average, and for the important facilities and economic impact in the hinterland. For the storage of these products, the Port has 260,000 m² of covered surface, a figure only comparable to the Port of Tarragona’s capacities for storing bulk liquids. The high port specialization in agri-food traffic makes it easier for the Port of Tarragona to work with a wide diversity of agri-food products and by-products (more than 60 varieties), which is why the Port is in a very prominent position compared to the rest of European ports. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Tarragona (APT – Port Authority of Tarragona)

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