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Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has started a rail freight service this week to link the fluvial port of Seville with Cordoba and Valencia port. With this service the company is responding to agricultural demands to export efficiently to new markets due to the expected decline in the UK purchases due to the Brexit process.
There will be two trains weekly, on Monday and Tuesday, with 35 containers each one. The service started this week and focuses olive oil and Orange exporters. This service is inside more complete multimodal services to connect Andalusian agricultural growers with ports in the Middle East and North Africa.
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The Swiss sea shipping company is increasing its focus on developing rail freight services to Spanish agricultural exporters, after having developed rail freight services between Seville, Cordoba and the Portuguese port of Sines, on the Atlantic coast, crossing Extremadura.
The Spanish regions of Extremadura (West) and Andalusia (South) have boosted their agricultural exports and their growers and processors are demanding rail freight services to sell with a competitive price and service in Middle and Far Eastern countries, especially with Mediterranean products such as olives, olive oil and oranges.
The UK is one of the most important importers of Andalusian fresh agricultural products, many growers forecasting a fall in its acquisitions due to traffic delays, especially in fresh fruit. As a result, they are analysing to compete in emerging markets such as Jordan, Lebanon, UAE, Saudi Arabia or China.
This article first appeared on www.railfreight.com
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