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APRIL, 13th, 2016

The Agrifood International Congress places the Port of Tarragona in the international epicentre of the agro-alimentary sector

The Congress opens tomorrow in Dock Shed 1 on the Moll de Costa dock with the presence of the Minister of Territory and Sustainability, Josep Rull, and the chairman of the State Ports, José Llorca

The programme can be consulted at www.agrifoodporttarragona.com

Tomorrow and Friday the Port of Tarragona is hosting the first international congress of the agri-food sector. Agrifood International Congress has the support of large multinationals in the sector and has exceeded forecast expectations, with over 200 professionals from around the world gathering in Dock Shed 1 on the Port of Tarragona’s Moll de Costa dock.

This congress, organised jointly with the State Ports, will provide an opportunity for the major companies that make up the agri-food sector to meet: stevedoring companies, shipping agents, importers, manufacturers of feedstuffs, shippers, control companies, etc.

The sponsors of this conference are Bergé Marítima, Ership, DP World Tarragona, Arola, Euroports, Noatum CODEMER, Algeposa, Cargill, Invivo Trading and Sitasa. In addition, the collaborating companies are Nidera, IQS, Control Union, Intertek, Gavilon, Riera Roura, SGS, Alfaship, Bon Area, Louis Dreyfus Company, USSEC, ADM and Glencore Spain.

 

Programme of the Agrifood International Congress

The Port of Tarragona has developed a work programme that includes the most relevant aspects that affect or will affect the whole agro-industrial sector in the future, such as European legislation, food safety, the transatlantic trade and investment agreement, production and, above all, logistics in all its forms; all at the hands of US representatives, who will provide market information, as well as experts in the agri-food policy of the European Union, who will also participate as speakers to talk about the sector.

The Agrifood International Congress will also discuss production and logistics, and also flour industry companies. The programme is complemented with visits to the facilities of the Guissona Agricultural Cooperative and to the facilities of the Port of Tarragona, also devoting extensive time for the exchange of information and networking between all the stakeholders that form part of this sector. One of the goals of this international event is to strengthen personal relationships, since this will enable those involved to do business in the future.

 

Opening and closing ceremonies

The inauguration of the Agrifood International Congress tomorrow at 4:00 pm in Dock Shed 1 of the Moll de Costa dock will be at the hands of the Catalan Minister of Territory and Sustainability, Josep Rull, the Chairman of State Ports, José Llorca; the Chairman of the Port of Tarragona, Josep Andreu, and a representative of Tarragona City Council. The Minister of Development, Ana Pastor, will close the congress on Friday, April 15th at 4:30 pm.

 

The most specialised port in the agri-food sector

The Port of Tarragona maintains an undisputed leadership in the movement of food products, both in Spain and in the Mediterranean, contributing to this economic activity thanks to the specialised services and infrastructure that aid importing. The Port’s high degree of specialisation in agri-food traffic enables the Port of Tarragona to work with a wide variety of agri-food products (more than 70) and by-products, which situates the Port in a very prominent position compared to the rest of European ports.

40% of the total production of feed from Spain is manufactured in the Port of Tarragona’s hinterland (comprising Catalonia and Aragon), and this raw material is imported through the Port of Tarragona.

 

 

FEBRUARY, 11th, 2016

The Port of Tarragona and the State Ports present the Agrifood International Congress

 

This international event will be held in the Port of Tarragona on April 14th and 15th of this year, and consolidates Tarragona as a logistics centre for the agri-food sector.

At a press conference today José Llorca, chairman of the State Ports, and Josep Andreu, chairman of the Port of Tarragona, presented the first International Congress of the agri-food sector "Agrifood International Congress” that will take place in the Port of Tarragona on April 14th and 15th of 2016. The Tarragona port infrastructure will be the international epicentre of the agro-food sector during this Congress, with a forecast of 100-150 representatives from companies making up the agri-food sector attending: stevedoring companies, shipping agents, importers, feedstuff manufacturers, shippers, control companies, etc.

The Agrifood International Congress is organised jointly by the Port of Tarragona and the State Ports, with the goal of generating networking, as well as analysing the challenges that are appearing in the agri-food industry and promoting the contribution of all the players involved, from production through to final production.

The website: http://www.agrifoodporttarragona.com/ has been set up, and visitors to the site can sign up for the event as well as finding all the information about the congress.

 

The leading Spanish port in the movement of grain, flour and feed"

The chairman  of the State Ports, José Llorca, reviewed the current situation of the ports in the port system, in terms of the movement of agri-food products. In this sense, Llorca emphasised that "the State’s general interest ports handled over 78 million tonnes of agricultural products during 2015, a figure that represents 15% of the total goods handled by the ports": with a growth of 3.2% compared with the previous year.

In addition, the chairman of the State Ports highlighted the leadership of the Port of Tarragona in agri-food traffic. Thus Llorca added that "during 2015 the Port of Tarragona was a leader nationwide in the movement of cereals and flours, with 2.8 million tonnes; and feedstuff and fodder, with 1.6 million tonnes". Moreover, the Port of Tarragona is the leading port on the Mediterranean in bulk agri-food products, with 5 million tonnes a year.

José Llorca also stressed that 40% of the total production of feed in Spain is manufactured in the Port of Tarragona’s hinterland.

 

"The big multinationals in the sector work in the Port of Tarragona"

For his part, the chairman of the Port of Tarragona, Josep Andreu, highlighted the high specialisation and performance that both the stevedoring companies and the port infrastructure itself have in agri-food traffic. Andreu produced figures highlighting the positioning of the Port of Tarragona as a logistics centre for the agri-food sector, such as for example the 560.702 sq. metres that the Port has devoted to this type of traffic; the storage capacity, which stands at 1.25 million tonnes, the average productivity of 500 tonnes/hour; and the good land communications with the hinterland where these agri-food products, imported through the Port of Tarragona, are consumed.

In addition, the Port of Tarragona is becoming a connecting point between the raw material being imported to feed the sheep and beef farmed in the hinterland, and a proportion of these animals subsequently exported, also via the Port of Tarragona, destined for countries in Northern Africa.

"In holding this congress we are continuing to position Tarragona on an international level" stressed Andreu, who also wished to highlight to the leadership of the Port of Tarragona in agri-food traffic, both in Spain and in the Mediterranean, and how the port infrastructure contributes to this economic activity thanks to specialised services and infrastructures that facilitate importing.