Representatives of the Bay of Algeciras Port, production companies, the logistics sector, and health authorities analyzed the current challenges presented by the maritime transport sector for perishables and attempted to respond the optimization margin that exists in this field, in the session organized by Fruit Logistica in the Bay of Algeciras Port.
The president of the Bay of Algeciras Port Authority (APBA), Gerardo Landaluce, opened the event and stressed that reefer activity was strategic for the port and was part of its 2020 Strategic Plan. In his speech, Landaluce also highlighted the high competitiveness of the port and the important capacity of its cold stores, after pointing out that 40% of the fruit and vegetable merchandise is channeled into the port system through these facilities.
The production companies Trops and Doñana 1998 participated in the event. Enrique Colilles, the general director of Trops, highlighted the proper functioning of the port and acknowledged that phytosanitary control was one of his main concerns because it is stricter in Spain than in Rotterdam. In turn, Ivan Hernandez, the Director of R&D in Doñana 1998, said the berry company was interested in exporting their products by sea to some of its priority markets.
The reefer manager of CMA CGM, Alvaro Lanau, who participated in the representation of the logistics sector and highlighted the special location of the Bay of Algeciras Port, said that the main challenge of the region's logistics community was shortening transit times. Globally, 55% of perishable goods are moved through maritime transport, which offers the sector a large margin of growth. However, the sector must adapt to the changes in regulations. The last one, imposed by the International Maritime Organization, IMO 2020, obliges them to limit emissions from 3% to a maximum of 0.5%, which entails ensuring greater sustainability in transport.
Juan Pablo Pallero, the regional coordinator of Plant Health at the Border Inspection Point (PIF) of Algeciras, stressed that the ultimate goal of the PIF is to protect agriculture. To increase its efficiency, Pallero has insisted on the need to do a good job in document control. In addition, he proposes taking inspections to the point of production for exports to be able to dedicate themselves to the analysis of concrete risks in imports.
Algeciras carries out 75% of the controls volume of reefer imports of the four main Spanish ports, and 40% of the controls of exports.
The day, which was very well received by the port community, ended with a presentation of Silvia de Juanes. The Director of Communication of Fruit Logística in Spain took the opportunity to highlight the importance of the logistics sector in the international event and spoke about the tools and conferences focused on logistics that will be developed in the framework of Fruit Logística 2020.