Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Upgrade of Services from French Container Freight Shipping Line

Revision of Port Calls for Fruit and Vegetable Season
Shipping News Feature
MOROCCO – WORLDWIDE – French container line CMA CGM, has claimed upgraded shipping services to Morocco, offering improved connections to key markets in Russia, Northern Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Africa, ahead of the start of the Morocco's citrus fruit and vegetable export season. CMA CGM and its newly acquired subsidiary OPDR, will offer 5 maritime freight services to meet the increased needs of the Mediterranean country, with 14 calls in Moroccan ports per week. The Port of Agadir is the heart of Moroccan citrus fruit and vegetable production, and will thus be served with 3 weekly calls serving Northern Europe and Russia, via the DUNKRUS, CISS and AGAX services.

Port Vendres will be visited twice weekly, in order to provide effective coverage of the South of France and offer an environmental friendly alternative and competitive transport time as opposed to road transport. Under the CMA CGM brand, the Group will directly connect Morocco to France, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands via:

  • The DUNKRUS service which will start on October 27th. Its rotation will be:

 Agadir, Dunkirk, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Vlissingen, Le Havre, Rouen, Vigo, Tangier, Casablanca, Agadir. Russia - the largest consumer of Moroccan citrus fruits - will be served thanks to a connection in Dunkirk.

  • The AGAPOV service which will start on October 29th. Its rotation will be:

Agadir, Port Vendres, Barcelona, Valencia, Casablanca, Agadir, Port Vendres, Algeciras, Tangiers, Ghazaouet, Casablanca and Agadir.

  • The weekly MOROCCO SHUTTLE service operates throughout the year. Its rotation is:

Casablanca, Agadir, Tangier, Algeciras, and Casablanca. It serves the United States and Canada thanks to connections in Algeciras with other Group’s services.

OPDR will link Morocco to Spain and Northern Europe via:

  • The CISS service will start on November 7th. Its rotation will be:

Agadir, Huelva, Setúbal, Tilbury, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Tilbury, Tenerife, Las Palmas, Agadir.

  • The AGAX service will start on October 15th. Its rotation will be:

Agadir, Casablanca, Portsmouth, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Casablanca, Gibraltar, Seville, Las Palmas, Agadir.

Agriculture is a key sector within the Moroccan economy and contributes approximately 16.5% of the national GDP, as well as being a major source of employment. Established since 2002 in Morocco, CMA CGM currently employs 1,200 people with 17 line calls in the country.