The port of Castellón will advertise its competitive advantages at the Bologna fair
PortCastelló will participate in the Italian Cersaie fair to advertise its strategic alliance with the ceramic sector of the province, to announce its logistics and infrastructure offer and explain the benefits of operating from this port.
“We are the port of ceramics and that is why we have to be with the sector in its main events.” This was stated by the president of the Port Authority of Castellón, Francisco Toledo. “Cersaie is one of the best showcases where we can make PortCastelló visible as the ideal port to transport all types traffic in the sector. It is the port of ceramics par excellence ”. In fact, it occupies the fourth position of the 46 ports of the Spanish port system in solid bulk traffic thanks to imports of ceramic raw materials.
Francisco Toledo listed the competitive advantages of the port of Castellón. Among them, the lower logistic costs for road transport because the ceramics sector is located so close to the port, its greater flexibility “being a more manageable port”, and its optimal connectivity. A recent study prepared by the Valencia Port Foundation positions the port of Castellón as the fourth best connected of the Peninsula in container lines. Also that PortCastelló is the fifth in import / export in the ranking of the Spanish port system mainly due to exports from the sector ”.
To these competitive advantages we must add the lower rates of PortCastelló compared to other port areas. In fact, the Castellón Port Authority has lowered rates for three years running. “When the General State Budget is approved, there will only be two ports with a cheaper ship rate, and 4 with a lower merchandise rate,” said the president.
The port of Castellón comes to this event with a spectacular growth in the traffic of goods related to the sector: in eight years its export traffic (tiles, tiles, chips and glazes) has grown 101’1%, from 1,039,347 tonnes in 2010 to 2,090,585 last year
Also, import traffic has increased by 196% since 2010, mainly from clays and feldspar, from 1,904,906 tonnes to 5,657,338 tonnes last year.
In total, ceramic traffic in 2018 accounted for 36.7% of the total at PortCastelló, that is, 7,747,922 tons of the total volume, which amounted to 21,107,759 tons. “So we can say that the ceramic traffic of PortCastelló justifies the existence of the port by itself,” explained the president of the Port Authority of Castellón.
The figures reflect that the volume of ceramic traffic from the port of Castellón has stabilized this year with respect to the previous one, due to the fall of markets such as that of Algeria as a result of the high tariffs imposed. However, Francisco Toledo has referred to the diversification of markets in the port of Castellón, which has allowed the port balance these reductions by winning other markets such as Morocco, a destination that has become the first of PortCastelló’s exports, thanks to the opening of a direct line in 2017.
“The progression has been spectacular,” said the president of the Port Authority of Castellón. The figures speak for themselves: in 2016, container traffic with Morocco was 1,100 TEUs. In just two years, that traffic has multiplied by 20, reaching 21,353. Until June of this year the traffic already amounts to 19,900 containers, “almost the same as in all of 2018”. “Morocco has become the showcase of how competitive PortCastelló is for the sector.”
After Morocco, the main countries of ceramic sector exports are Israel, Romania, Greece, Libya, Algeria, Jordan, Ghana and Nigeria, in that order.
The growth experienced by the port of Castellón is accompanied by environmental protection measures, where investments and operations increasingly respect environmental concerns. In fact, the Port Authority of Castellón has prioritized environmental protection measures in the recent concession of the ceramics dock for two solid bulk terminals. Francisco Toledo recalled that environmental sustainability is a priority objective and “that goes through investments in environmental protection and also to make an operation increasingly respectful and adapted to merchandise, because we have to combine the economic development of the port and its environment with the well-being of the neighbors ”.
Therefore, PortCastelló has developed 18 specific actions for environmental protection. “The port of Castellón is the mine of the ceramic sector and we cannot afford to have a situation that prevents imports from the sector,” said the head of the Port Authority of Castellón.