Puertos del Estado attending Fruit Attraction

Spanish ports handled 8.5 million tonnes of fruit and veg in 2014

Puertos del Estado, together with 15 Port Authorities (Bay of Algeciras, Bilbao, Bay of Cadiz, Cartagena, Castellón, Ferrol-San Cibrao, Gijon, Huelva, Malaga, Pontevedra-Marín, Motril, Seville, Tarragona, Valencia and Vigo), is attending the International Fair Fruit Attraction 2015 at the stand Ports of Spain (Hall 10, stand E09).
Puertos del Estado has organised a conference under the title "Ports of Spain: the most efficient and better connected hub for the marketing of fresh products", with the participation of port authorities, terminal operators and customers, with the goal of showcasing their experience and range of services for horticultural products.
Also, the Port Authority of Vigo has presented Vigo Fresh Port, the operator of the new fruit terminal.
The total traffic of fruits, vegetables and legumes through Spanish ports totalled 8,564,195 tonnes in 2014, which represented an increase of 4.6% compared to the 8.1 million reached in 2013. Imports of such products account for 26% of the total tonnage moved, i.e. 2.2 million tonnes; an increase of 6%, while exports accounted for 10%, i.e. 909,674 tonnes, up by 19%.
The Spanish production of fresh fruit and vegetables amounted to 20 million tonnes, of which approximately 2/3 were intended for export and the other third to domestic consumption. Fruit and vegetable exports represented 39% of Spain's food exports in 2014.
Fresh fruit and vegetable trade within the EU amounted to 36 million tonnes last year, according to the Statistical Office of the European Union, Eurostat.
Spain is the main supplier of fruits and vegetables within the EU, with 32% of all intra-EU trade, followed by the Netherlands with 19%. Furthermore, it is also one of the main producers in the European Union, together with Italy and France.

Spain remains in first place in the world ranking of fruit and vegetable exporters, with a market share of 10%, followed by the Netherlands with 6.7% and China with 6.4%, according to the most updated FAO data, corresponding to the year 2012.
Much of that growth is supported by the expansive trade policies of Spanish port operators. There is a total of 46 ports which account for 60% of exports and 80% of imports; this means that 53% of Spanish foreign trade with the European Union and 96% with third countries goes through them.
Furthermore, the strategic geographical position of Spanish ports for international shipping routes, both from an intra-EU and extra-EU standpoint, makes maritime transport a solid option, absolutely essential to Spain's international trade. They also offer unique opportunities for the development of international transit and regional distribution in very active and established markets, such as the Mediterranean, and emerging ones, like Africa or Latin America.

Source: empresaexterior.com

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