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Spain: Port of Almeria wants to resume vegetable exports to the UK
The president of the Port Authority of Almería (APA), Carmen Ortiz, has expressed her interest in having talks with operators in the horticultural sector and shippers in order to resume the export of these products to the United Kingdom, as well as to explore contacts with the olive sector of Jaén for the use of Almeria's port logistics services.
Ortiz acknowledged that "it is not easy" to establish a regular line for the transport of this type of perishables, not because of their nature, "as there are now ways to ensure that they arrive in perfect condition," but because it is necessary "for the return journey to be used, as well, so that the line is profitable and viable."
Moreover, it is necessary for agreements to be reached with the marketers to determine issues related to continuity and distribution, among other aspects. "There are elements that we need to study to make everything fit in and start modestly," said Ortiz, who has acknowledged that, for now, road transport is practically "the only way out, even though the port is located practically next to where all the vegetables are produced."
"The port is in the heart of Europe's largest vegetable producer, which in some cases supplies up to 90 percent of what is consumed or produced in Spain, as is the case of peppers and perhaps courgettes, and I trust that we'll find a way to meet with the shippers, the port and the horticultural companies in order to find some way to make this work," they pointed out.
Publication date: 9/27/2017
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