The ports of Castellón and Casablanca have today agreed to formalize cooperation agreements after the meeting held between the Port Authority of Castellón, the Port Authority of Casablanca and the National Ports Agency of Morocco (ANP).
The president of the Port Authority of Castellón, Francisco Toledo, together with the managing director of the port of Castellón, Ana Ulloa, presented the logistics potential of PortCastelló to representatives of the port of Casablanca, among which were the president of the Port Authority, Note Harrak, and the cooperation director of the ANP, Said Hassani.
Today’s meeting is the first contact between both parties to develop joint lines of action, mainly related to digitization, security and environmental protection measures.
The ports of Castellón and Casablanca are in agreement about the great potential for growth that now exist, given the commercial relations that unite them. In fact, Morocco has gone from occupying the 21st place of exports from the port of Castellón in 2017, to be in second place this year, just behind Algeria. This is due to the opening of regular container lines from the port of Castellón by the MSC and Borchard shipping companies last year, which has meant that Morocco.
The port of Casablanca has highlighted the link with the port of Castellón, given the importance of imports of ceramic products via Casablanca, which account for 32% of the total.
Francisco Toledo and Ana Ulloa gave a presentation explaining the advantages of operating from the port of Castellón, as well as the regular lines that connect it with North Africa and are operated by Borchard, MSC, Medkon Lines and Arkas.
Those responsible for the port of Castellón have presented the versatile character of the port of Castellón, as well as the actions that are being carried out in terms of environmental protection, and the investments planned for terrestrial connectivity, mainly rail. In this regard, they highlighted the importance of PortCastelló being part of the Mediterranean corridor.
The president of the Port Authority of Castellón has emphasised the port of Castellón is closely integrated into the economic fabric of the province and the fact that it is at the service of the productive sectors of the province, including agriculture and food. In this line, he has highlighted the commitment that important companies are already making when settling in PortCastelló, and that this trend will continue with the imminent creation of a logistics area in the vicinity of the port.
The meeting held today in the port of Casablanca is part of the meeting agenda that the Port Authority of Castellón will hold these days within the framework of the Mediterranean Ports & Shopping fair and in which PortCastelló participates to present its logistics offer. This event is relevant for the port of Castellón given the traffic growth between the port of Castellón and Morocco, which has multiplied by four compared to 2017 in the first 5 months of the year.