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Algeciras Port improves its connectivity with Latin America

Credit: Algeciras Port

 

Handling 4.7 million tons or 37% of the Spanish horticultural cargoes, Algeciras Bay Port became one of the principal ports for fruit & vegetables operators  

 

The Port of Algeciras is the largest Mediterranean port for all cargo traffic and the largest Spanish port. It is located in the Strait of Gibraltar, a transit way for 9 out of 20 principal maritime routes. Thanks to the strategic geographical location of Algeciras Port, it operates as the distribution centre for Southern Europe, Mediterranean countries and Northern Africa.

“Our current connectivity along with our competitive transit times make Algeciras the natural gateway for reefer cargo coming from Latin America and heading to South Europe, North Africa and Med” says J. Javier Lopez, Head of commercial division. “We connect directly with more than 200 ports, it takes just 7 days to come from Natal (North Brazil) and we are one hour away from Morocco by RORO and feeder service”

As a novelty in 2019, Algeciras has improved its transit times for import flows coming from some of the main producing countries in Latin America as Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico and Dominican Republic.

A wide range of services
offered by the Port community companies

With 109,4 million tons of total cargo (2019), the Port of Algeciras ranks the fourth among top EU ports. “We handle nearly 380,000 TEUS of import- export full cargo, some 56,000 TEUS of them are reefers, which is very important for us,” informs Mr. Lopez. “Furthermore, our Port community is highly specialised in reefer cargo, and the largest fruit exporters from South America keep trusting in our port capabilities.”  The current cold storage capacity in the port and surrounding area exceeds 30,000 pallets, and a wide range of services for refrigerated and frozen goods is offered. These companies cover load, storage, cargo consolidation and distribution to customer centers. They also handle custom office paperwork or quality controls, providing an extra value throughout the import and export process. Thanks to the unique border inspection post open for 24 hours 365 days a year, perishable commodities are released within 24 hours upon arrival. At present, most part of the Spanish horticultural cargoes (4.7 million tons or 37%) is carried out through Algeciras Bay Port.

The Port of Algeciras has 2 terminals: APMT and TTI-Algeciras, which was the first semiautomatic terminal in South Europe. They jointly fulfil 5.000 reefer connexions. New container services from Latin America and South Africa have emerged, ship capacity has increased, growing yearly around 10%, and the Port has been optimizing and automatizing all the logistic processes to become more efficient yet. Thanks to constant investment into its infrastructure, the Port of Algeciras can attend to the megaships (+23,000 TEUS) of the three shipping Alliances: 2M, The Alliance and Ocean Alliance.

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New start for Harvest Season and garciaBallester in Asian citrus market

New start for Harvest Season and garciaBallester in Asian citrus market
Credit: Press release

An event held on 12th February in Palma del Río, Córdoba, makes official and consolidates the alliance between Harvest Season and garciaBallester. The two large companies, leaders in the business, are now united in achieving the same goal: to become leaders in the Asian citrus import market. garciaBallester’s own facilities were chosen as the ideal setting to seal the union between the two companies. 

Representatives and senior executives from both companies were present from the beginning, with garciaBallester represented by Jorge García (CEO), Jorge C. García, (management coordinator), Lucas (Asian export manager), Miguel Meliá, (GB Palma del Rio’s packhouse manager) and Stephane (sales director), and Harvest Season represented by Tony Zhang (general manager).

The event started with the reception of both parties in garciaBallester’s facilities, and later on they went out to the fields.  Once in the field, which was also in the middle of the orange season, the union between both companies was formalised. To do this, a customised pickaxe was used as a symbolic element to announce their commitment to a new era in the citrus market in Asia. Later, attendees were treated to a guided tour around garciaBallester’s facilities. 

The highlight of the event was the cutting of the opening ribbon, where Harvest Season and garciaBallester celebrated their new chapter together. They were able to share new ideas and also to answer questions from the invited press. The event demonstrated successfully how to start this new stage for Harvest Season and garciaBallester.

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Spain’s citrus sales slow down

Spain’s citrus sales slow down, Source: Observatorio de Precios y Mercados (Andalucia)

The Christmas holidays led to a reduction in sales of citrus in Spain, although the arrival of low temperatures and the end of the Christmas period should prompt an upturn. The average prices of citrus fruits in the 2019/20 campaign are higher than those registered in the previous campaign, in which the prices were especially low. The upward trend in the prices generally corresponds to product varieties with a higher commercial value in the market.

A decrease in average yield per hectare has been registered in the current campaign. Average orange prices remained stable at 0.19 / kg in week 52 of 2019 and week 1 of 2020, decreasing by 5% with respect to the average value of orange in week 51 of 2019 (€0.2 / kg) and 9.5% compared to week 50 (€0.21 / kg).

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Spanish fresh produce exports higher this August

Compared to August last year, Spain’s exports of fresh fruit and vegetables this August were 11.7% higher in volume and 12% in value, totalling 768,993 tons and €665.6 million, according to Customs data analysed by Fepex.

Spain’s exports of fresh fruit and vegetables in the first eight months of this year were down 4.1% in volume but up 4.4% in value on the same period last year.

In total, the country exported 8.3 million tons of fresh fruit and vegetables over January-August for a value of just under €8.54 billion.

Vegetable exports increased 3.5% in volume to 3.6 million tons and and 5.6% in value to nearly €3.5 billion.

Fruit exports were down 9.2% in volume, to 4.7 million tons, but rose 3.6% in value to just over €5 billion.

Veg, stone fruit drove recovery in August

Compared to August last year, Spain’s exports of fresh fruit and vegetables this August were 11.7% higher in volume and 12% in value, totalling 768,993 tons and €665.6 million, according to Customs data analysed by Fepex.

Exports of vegetables in August this year were up 24.3% in volume, to 185,214 tons, and 26% in value to €174.4 million.

Fepex highlighted growth in the export volumes for the following produce lines:

  • lettuce +174% to 25.093 tons,
  • tomato +13% to 24,683 tons,
  • potatoes +38% to 20,399 tons

Onions saw the highest volume in exports in August but the total came in at 37,984 tons, a drop of 12.8% on the previous August.

More melon exports, too

Spain’s fruit exports in August were up 8.3% in volume and 7.8% in value, at 583,779 tons for a value of €491.2 million.

Stone fruit stood out in particular:

  • peaches +26% to 103,027 tons,
  • nectarines +2% to 99,295 tons,
  • plums +13% to 19,139 tons,
  • apricots +102% to 13,728 tons.

Also noteworthy was the 10% growth in the volume of watermelon exported, to 127,724 tons, and of 11.4% in the case of other kinds of melon, to 92,658 tons.

Source: Fepex

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Spain’s fruit and veg exports up 8% in volume

Spanish exports of fruit and vegetables for January to September this year were up 8% in volume (to 9.2 million tons) and 14% in value (to €8.6 billion) compared to the same period last year, according to government figures processed by FEPEX.

Spanish exports of fruit and vegetables for January to September this year were up 8% in volume (to 9.2 million tons) and 14% in value (to €8.6 billion) compared to the same period last year, according to Spanish government figures processed by FEPEX.

Fruit exports
Fruit exports, which accounted for 60% of the total, rose 10% in volume to 5.6 million tons, and 15% in value to €5.2 billion. FEPEX said citrus, berries, melons and, to a lesser extent, stone fruit, grew strongly in both volume and value.

Berry exports
blueberry €202 million (+ 31%)
raspberry €182 million ( + 35%)
blackberry €11.8 million (+ 48%)
gooseberry €6.6 million (+ 191%)

Melon exports
watermelon €290 million (+ 31%)
melon €258 million (+ 7%)

Stone fruit exports: peach, nectarine, plum, apricot and cherry exports totalled €1 billion (+ 12%) and 999,981 tons (+ 2%).

Vegetable exports

Vegetable exports to September this year totalled 3.6 million tons, up 4% on the same period of 2014, with a value of €3.46 billion (+ 14%).
Products with the most striking growth:

  • tomatoes €705 million (+ 1%)
  • peppers €581 million (+ 4%)
  • lettuce €442 million (+ 16%)
  • cabbage €332 million (+ 14%)
  • zucchini €214 million (+ 60%)
  • garlic €175 million (+ 40%)

Sales of Spanish fruit & veg to other EU countries

Spain’s exports of fruits and vegetables to other EU countries stood at €8 billion, up 17% and accounting for 93% of its total export value, while its exports to non-EU countries were down 9% to €602 million. Germany, with €2.1 billion (+ 17%) remains the main export market for Spanish fruit and vegetables, representing 24% of the total.
It is followed by France with €1.57 billion (+ 15%) and the UK with €1.2 billion (+ 16%).

source: FEPEX