Spanish import and export traffic of fruit and vegetables rose by 2.3%

The import and export traffic of fruit and vegetables in the Spanish ports reached a total of 1.8 million tonnes in the first six months of 2017. This means an increase of 2.3% compared to the same period in 2016.

According to sources from the Spanish Ministry of Traffic and Waterways (FOmento) the turnover in the ports was 8.5 million tonnes of horticultural products, of which 60% (4.9 million tonnes) was intended for import and export. It is expected that there will be an amount of 10 million tonnes in 2020.

The Ministry also states that this growth is thanks to the strengthening of the cabotage in the sea transport with European countries, which represents almost 93% of the Spanish export and with the African coastal states from the Mediterranean area. This also promotes the growth of inter modality. 

According to figures from the Spanish Union of Fruit and Vegetable Producers and Exports (FEPEX) the value of the Spanish export of fresh fruits and vegetables in 2016 rose by 5% to € 12.4 million.

The main port authorities (Bahía de Algeciras, Bahía de Cádiz, Bilbao, Cartagena, Castellón, Ferrol, Huelva, Las Palmas, Marín y Ría de Pontevedra, Mortril, Sevilla, Tarragona, Valencia and Vigo) have a collective surface of 85 million m2 as well as cooling and storing facilities of around 2 million m3. They also have a mooring area of over 300,000 m, links with every port in the world, border inspections (PIF), phytosanitary services and a large amount of logistical solutions.

Source: Agroberichten Buitenland

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