Leaders in agri-food product traffic
The Port of Tarragona maintains an indisputable leadership in the movement of agri-food products, both in Spain and 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 foremost activities in the Port of Tarragona, both in terms of its volume - about 5 million tonnes a year on average - and for the important facilities and economic impact in the hinterland.
In order to provide storage for these products, the Port has 260,000 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 in agri-food traffic helps the Port of Tarragona to work with a wide variety of agri-food products and by-products (over 60), which is why our Port is situated in a very prominent position compared to other European ports.
CANOLA, SUNFLOWER, SOYBEAN FLOURS
RYE AND OTHER CEREALS AND BY-PRODUCTS
The supply centre and agri-food stocks
In order to handle such cargos, the Port’s various terminals and facilities are equipped with highly specialised machinery such as high capacity cranes, unloading conveyor belts connected to different silos, stackers, special hoppers, etc.
In the same way, the Port and the companies that operate it, aid the unloading of products in various ways:
From the hopper to the customer
Direct to silo
Direct to mechanised warehouse
Direct to conventional warehouse
And in terms of respect for the environment, all the facilities have environmental pollution control systems and safety plans.
Leaders in the movement of agri-food products
The Port of Tarragona has historically been the leader in the movements of cereals and flours, and feed and fodder, on a national level.
In addition, it has become the primary Mediterranean port in agri-food products in bulk, surpassing the 5 million tonnes per year, as well as registering a fledgling activity in the export of live animals.
The agri-food sector is growing at a faster rate than the rest of the productive sectors. Thus, in 2017, it grew for the third consecutive year and at a more intensive rate than the rest of the economy, with an increase in value added of 3.5% to 62,000 million euros.
The sector contributes 5.8% of the national economy’s Gross Value Added (GVA), higher than that of the European Union, which stands at 3.6%. Spain is the fourth largest contributor to the European agri-food sector at 11.4% and is only surpassed by France, Germany and Italy. This demonstrates the degree of specialisation of our economy in this sector.
1.3 million tonnes
Catalonia+ Aragon + Navarre + Castile
5 million tonnes
PAPERLESS PORT AUTHORITY CLEARENCE
We import in order to supply an extensive hinterland
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 vast hinterland, which includes the whole of Catalonia, Aragon and Navarre, and much of Eastern Castile, where more than 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 food for animal feeding is manufactured, such as the factories of Lleida, Saragossa, Girona and, to a lesser extent, in industries in Soria and Huesca.
Agrifood, the international event
The Port of Tarragona has an important presence in the European agri-food sector. It participates in the most outstanding international events such as the European cereal exchanges. It also organises a biennial international congress that brings together all the most important actors from the sector.
Agrifood does not only facilitate trade between the different operators, but is also a forum for the latest advances in meat production.
Agrifood has become a benchmark international event that began as a response to the demand of the sector for a forum of the highest level in which to exchange knowledge and information, without losing its commercial nature.
SEA| Agri-bulk Delivery System
It is a system to make it easier for transport companies to pick up cargos from the agri-bulk terminals that the Tarragona Port Authority places at the disposal of the different agents involved.
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