The Port of Vigo has planned a visit to South Africa next February in order to try consolidating as a destination for the South African oranges shipped by sea. The Spanish terminal became a point of entry to Europe for these citrus fruits last summer.
The president of the Port Authority of Vigo, Enrique López Veiga, has highlighted the efficiency of the phytosanitary inspections carried out by the authorities in the port, thereby addressing the concerns of Spanish citrus growers about the possibility of South African citrus bringing pests into the EU. “I have seen how the inspections are carried out. The officials here are top-notch; very professional officials. I think that the inspection regime is a bit excessive, but we have accepted it,” said López Veiga.
South Africa is the main exporter of citrus in the European Union, only behind Spain, and the Port of Vigo became its entry terminal last August, with the prospect of 40,000 tons of oranges reaching Europe every year. This news was not well received by Spanish producers.
The Port of Vigo wants to strengthen its commitment to fruit, and after its recent visit to Tangier, it will seek to become the receiving terminal for Moroccan berries. López Veiga also appreciated the decision of the Delmonte company to choose Vigo. “It was a very beneficial business decision for the Port of Vigo. Delmonte did not accept the conditions imposed by certain shipping companies and preferred to choose a port that had several ocean lines,” he said.