The port of Castellón is the ceramics port par excellence, because it is the main gateway for the raw material needed to supply the sector. For this reason, a representation of PortCastelló travels to the Cersaie and Tecnargilla fairs, unavoidable events for the ceramic sector that begin today and serve to show the institutional support of the port with the sector. The delegation is made up of the president of the Port Authority of Castellón, Rafa Simó; the director of the port of Castellón, José María Gómez and the head of the Expansion Department, Adolfo Noguero.
The importance of the sector for the port of Castellón is reflected in the bonuses that it approves to encourage this type of traffic and that also “help the economic and social development of the environment”. During this 2022, the Port Authority of Castellón is applying discounts of up to 40% in maritime container scales, and up to 40% in the merchandise rate. In addition, it has doubled the bonuses for shipping tiles and fries, and applies 40%. Finally, it provides a 5% incentive for the import of raw materials from the sector.
In fact, the ceramic sector accounts for 40.9% of freight traffic in PortCastelló so far this year, compared to 38.9% in the same period of the previous year. Specifically, until the month of August, a total of 6,034,917 tons of goods related to ceramics, both import and export, have been moved in the port of Castellón.
The link between the port of Castellón and the sector is reflected in solid bulk traffic, which increased by 20.4% in the first 8 months of the year compared to the previous year. Thus, PortCastelló records 5,352,196 tons of solid bulk linked to ceramics in the year accumulated. The main raw material that grew the most in this period was kaolin, 62.5%, followed by feldspar, with 26.6%. It is precisely this raw material that represents the most solid bulk traffic in PortCastelló, and moves 3.2 million tons so far this year. It is followed by clays, with 1.3 million tons.
It must be remembered that the port of Castelló is consolidated in second place in the Spanish port system for this type of traffic. This is due to the work and dynamism of the ceramic sector in the province and its resilience in times of crisis.
On the other hand, the main export countries for tiles from PortCastelló are Israel, Romania and Greece. Meanwhile, Algeria, the United Arab States and Turkey are the main destinations for frit and glass.
Reaching this position of reference in solid bulk traffic goes hand in hand with the implementation of best environmental practices in the port of Castellón. One of the objectives set out in the PortCastelló Strategic Plan is to grow sustainably, and this involves investments in environmental protection and the implementation of operations that are increasingly respectful of the environment and compliance with the Code of Good Environmental Practices.
The president of the Port Authority of Castellón, Rafa Simó, has referred to the two milestones in terms of environmental protection, such as the approval of the Code of Good Environmental Practices and the signing of a pioneering Air Quality agreement with the Generalitat Valenciana .