As announced by the English media, Morocco and the United Kingdom are working to open a new sea route that will directly connect Tangier with Poole, in the south of England. This new maritime line will be operated by United Seaways, a company that has the mission to develop British cross-border trade, identifying and opening new maritime routes between the United Kingdom and strategic destinations.
The new route could also avoid traffic jams on the roads and additional import procedures caused by Brexit. It would also allow Moroccan products to access English territory in less than three days, compared to the six days it takes by land.
According to United Seaways management staff, this new sea route should encourage British importers to obtain more fruit and vegetables from North Africa.
Many British importers welcome the opening of a new route between Morocco and the United Kingdom. According to Nigel Jenny, PDG of Fresh Produce Consortium, the British trade association for the fruit and vegetable industry, this new route is will help the UK to source perishable products with partners like Morocco.
Fruits and vegetables make up the majority of Moroccan exports to the UK, although they remain very small when compared to the EU's exports to the UK. British importers bought 180 million pounds of fresh produce from Morocco last year and almost 1.8 billion pounds from Spain alone.
Written by: bladi.es