This October the Port of Tarragona participated in the 57th Edition of the European Commodities Exchange with the aim of promoting itself as a leading port in the traffic of agri-food products. The Tarragona Port facilities have once again been present at this event with a 9 sq. metre stand designed to act as a meeting point for businesses that operate in the Port, both stevedore and import companies. In this sense, it enjoyed the collaboration of Ership, Noatum Codemar, Bergé i Euroports.
This annual event is an opportunity to make contact with all the leading players in the agricultural markets; making it a platform of communication for more than 2,500 participants from all over Europe and one where important European ports in the agri-food sector are also present. The fair has been very interesting for the Port of Tarragona, enabling existing contacts to be consolidated and new ones made.
The Port of Tarragona maintains an indisputable leadership in the movement of agri-food products, both in Spain and in the Mediterranean, contributing to this economic activity due to specialised services and infrastructures that encourage importing.
The movement of agri-food products is one of the most important ones in the Port of Tarragona, both in terms of its volume, about 5 million tonnes a year on average, and of the important facilities and economic impact in the area. In the first eight months of the year, the Port has moved more than 1,200,000 tonnes of cereals and their flours, a figure that is in line with what has been a positive year. With regard to feed and fodder, after a stable growth during the whole 2016 financial year, the data for this year until the month of August registered a positive balance of more than 200,000 tonnes, which represents an increase of almost 30% over the same period in the previous year.
In order to provide storage for these products, the Port has 230,000 sq. metres of covered floor-space, a figure only comparable to the capabilities of our Port for storing bulk liquids.
The high degree of specialisation that the Port has in agri-food traffic helps the Port of Tarragona to work with a wide variety of agri-food products and by-products (over 70), which is why our Port is situated in a very prominent position compared to other European ports.
The Port of Tarragona receives agri-food products from the major producing countries such as the Ukraine, Romania, Argentina and the United States.
The distribution of these products covers a very important hinterland, which includes the whole of Catalonia, Aragon and much of Navarre, as well as Eastern Castile, where 40% of the total production of feedstuff in Spain is manufactured.
The products are imported via the Port of Tarragona, and from there are transported to areas where the feedstuff for animal feeding is manufactured, such as the factories of Lleida, Saragossa, Girona and, to a lesser extent, in industries in Soria and Huesca.
The feed production companies are located in Port of Tarragona’s hinterland (zone of influence), specifically in the Ebro Valley and in Lleida. More than 60% of the raw materials for the production of feed for Catalan livestock pass through the Port of Tarragona every year, making it the number one port in Spain in terms of traffic in cereals and flours and also in feed and fodder.