This year’s celebration of Fruit Attraction in digital format has forced the participants to reinvent themselves in digital format to turn the annual meeting of the agri-food sector into a great social and business network. The Port Authority of Cartagena has not wanted to miss this fair in which it participates every year and promotes its facilities through ‘webinars’.
Throughout the entire month of October, the Port has developed a great commercial effort by understanding that sectors such as fruit and vegetables are of great regional relevance. “Aware of its current needs and threats, the Port of Cartagena is currently a strategic alternative for the agri-food export sector of the Region of Murcia, by offering safe and reliable transport routes,” said Yolanda Muñoz, president of the Port Authority .
In the San Pedro Wharf, next to Santa Lucía, is the fruit and vegetable terminal with more than 400 meters in length and 11.25 meters of draft, which houses cold stores with capacity for eleven thousand pallets, and has facilities and plugs for three hundred reefer containers. In 2019, more than two hundred thousand tons were moved in the traffic of fruit and vegetables.
Given the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, which implies an immediate change of scenario to road transport, “we understand that the response to this new situation involves the consolidated experience of maritime transport in the effective management of possible incidents in the border, customs control and the viability of getting fresh products from the Port of Cartagena to their destination, once ‘Brexit’ enters into force. We must become an alternative for the transport of fruits and vegetables in our Region, “the president stressed.
The port facilities are in the process of adaptation so that regional export companies have everything they need to get their products out of their docks, they currently have a container area, RO-RO infrastructures for ro-ro traffic and the railway terminal in Escombreras. For this reason, the president stressed that “we are coordinated with the Ministry of Agriculture for the use of the Port as a tool, and the logistical preparation that is being carried out to capture and put into operation flexible connections and that meet the demand so that the products fruit and vegetables mount in the maritime transport ».
The Port of Cartagena stands out for its connectivity with the whole world through direct and feeder lines with destinations and origins in all continents.