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Extending the inspection facility at Seayard


As the Seayard Terminal does not have direct access to the point of entry/BIP, a measure was introduced by the Ministry of Agriculture at the end of 2014 allowing the handling company to host inspections on imported perishable goods on the quay. This facility, which has been in place for 19 months, is set to expire in June, 2016.


As the Seayard Terminal does not have direct access to the point of entry/BIP, a measure was introduced by the Ministry of Agriculture at the end of 2014 allowing the handling company to host inspections on imported perishable goods on the quay. Photo econostrum
As the Seayard Terminal does not have direct access to the point of entry/BIP, a measure was introduced by the Ministry of Agriculture at the end of 2014 allowing the handling company to host inspections on imported perishable goods on the quay. Photo econostrum
If the measure is not extended, there is a considerable risk of seeing the fruit and vegetable traffics from Israel leave Fos for Koper, a port known for its flexibility. The stakes are even higher when one considers that the GPMM has committed itself to a Europe-wide rail distribution arrangement for the Israeli exporter Mehadrin, the first "Fresh Food Corridor" train having left Fos in April. The project's survival clearly hangs on maintaining the quay-side inspection facility.

"Together with the AACN and the STM, and at the request of the shipping companies with services between Fos and the Israeli ports, we applied to have a phytosanitary inspection point set up at the terminal. We invested €500,000 in increased reefer capacity (from 240 to 400 plugs) and building a phytosanitary inspection post. If the rules are changed, there is a risk of seeing these traffics leave for other ports," warns Seayard's chairman and managing director Claus Ellemann-Jensen.

Nils Schaer, managing director of ZIM France points out, "The facility granted provides flexibility for perishable goods. In June, 2015, at a meeting with Israeli shippers, the GPMM and the Marseille Fos delegation undertook to enhance flexibility with a view to attracting more fruit and vegetables traffics. We need to utilise all our strengths to make that happen!" Port users are advocating the continuation of the facility granted to Seayard, which hosts 94% of the goods passing through Fos concerned by these controls, and even its extension to other locations.






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