The Port of València handled more than two million tons of agri-food products during the first three months of the year. Exports registered an increase of close to 40% – April 26, 2021 Valenciaport has 3,000 connections for refrigerated containers as well as cold stores for perishable products China, the United States, Brazil, Canada and Saudi Arabia are the main destinations for Valencian and Spanish agri-food
products The port community is making significant investments to guarantee the traffic of perishable products from the docks of Valenciaport València, April 26, 2021 In the first quarter of the year, the Valenciaport docks managed the entry and exit of 2,197,233 tons of products from the agro-livestock and food sector, 13.88% more than in the same period of 2020 Of this total, 51.5%, that is 1,133,525 tons, corresponds to sales abroad by Spanish industry destined for different parts of the world. This data represents an increase of 40% compared to the first three months of 2020 and is an example of the dynamism of the agri-food sector, which has in Valenciaport the strategic port of departure and entry of its goods. Oranges, lemons, meat products, onions, garlic, leeks, legumes, wines, potatoes, lettuces, chocolates or quinces are some of the main fruits, vegetables and other fresh food that leave the Port of València every day to one of the 1,000 ports with which the Valencian docks have a connection to leave Valencian and Spanish products to be consumed in Asia, North America or Oceania. An industry, the agri-food industry, which has positioned itself as an engine for job creation and which is contributing to the activation of the Spanish economy, and which has its main ally in Valenciaport to continue growing. Valenciaport is a fundamental port for the industry that is confirmed year after year in the commitment of the port community to provide the necessary services and instruments to facilitate the movement of both non-perishable and perishable agri-food products. In the latter case, refrigerated maritime transport is carried out in reefer containers, which are equipped with a refrigerator motor that allows the transport of temperature-sensitive goods such as fruits, vegetables, fish or meats, but also other products such as chemicals or pharmaceuticals. . According to the latest data from Valenciaport, China, with 11,188 refrigerated containers, leads exports of Spanish fresh products, followed by the US with 8,300 TEUs, Brazil with 7,031, Canada with 5,958 or Saudi Arabia with 5,896. It is this reefer traffic, which departs from the docks of Valenciaport, which allows you to have a Utiel-Requena wine in a Japanese restaurant in Tokyo, enjoy a Valencian orange in a New York supermarket, find garlic from Castilla-La Mancha in a Toronto greengrocer or enjoy a tomato salad from the Murcian garden in Dubai. Bet on reefer traffic For this, the commitment that the port community of Valenciaport is making for facilities and services that allow maintaining the cold chain of these products that leave and enter through Valencia is important. In this sense, it is worth highlighting the investment in reefer traffic made by the three main shipping companies in the world that have a presence in the port of València through its three container terminals (Maersk, MSC and Cosco). Specifically, the CSP Iberian terminal has 1,500 reefer connections, APM has 750 connections for this type of container, while MSC has 576 connections. The Agro Merchants Group warehouse is added to these infrastructures.which has 16,000 m2 dedicated exclusively to the logistics of refrigerated products and the 17,000 m2 border inspection post that, through the Guarantee Mark, guarantees that any container that is brought to these facilities must be checked in a shorter time at 45 minutes. Along these lines, MEDLOG , a business extension of the MSC group, is going to develop in the ZAL a logistics warehouse specialized in cold container transport for frozen and refrigerated products, for which an investment of 35.76 million euros is planned. The advertised employment is 25 direct jobs and 500 indirect jobs. A commitment to refrigerated traffic where intermodality is important, hence the importance of having a rail service for this type of products, such as the one that MEDLOG put in place to link Valencia with Zaragoza with a frequency of two weekly trains. Export, key for agri-food companies According to the latest data from the Statistical Bulletin of the Valencia Port Authority (APV), corresponding to the month of March, 1,133,525 tons of agri-food products left for export from the docks of València, 39.79% more than the first quarter of 2020 -when the Spanish and world economy was not yet conditioned by the COVID-19 pandemic. Within the agri-food industry, wines, beverages and derivatives mobilized for export between January and March a total of 424,595 tons, 48.15% more than in 2020. Other food products are next , with 263,504 tons and growth 48.18%. Next, are oils and fats , with 109,233 tons and an increase of 32.18%, followed by fruits, vegetables and legumes with 98,567 tons and a decrease of 13.5%.