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With more streamlined services, Marseille-Fos would enhance its attractiveness


Mindful of the need to improve traffic fluidity through the port, Marseille-Fos ship's agents and freight forwarders are pushing for services to be centralized and for a more efficient flow of goods through the import control points.


Amal Louis, NAF line manager at Marfret and chairwoman of the AACN, with committee members Gaël Keradennec, director of CMA CGM Agency, Marseille, Jacques Barra, Marseille branch director at MSC and Tan Aktuna, director of Worms S.M. Photo: econostrum
Amal Louis, NAF line manager at Marfret and chairwoman of the AACN, with committee members Gaël Keradennec, director of CMA CGM Agency, Marseille, Jacques Barra, Marseille branch director at MSC and Tan Aktuna, director of Worms S.M. Photo: econostrum
The two main objectives sought are bringing the administrative services together under one roof and creating single points of control. Thanks to the efforts of the Prefecture, and the port stakeholders' tenacity, this goal seems to be within reach, at least as far as the Eastern Docks are concerned.

The veterinary, phytosanitary and anti-fraud services will soon be moving to the docks' Cap Janet zone, the Customs having asked for some changes to be made at the site. Non-customs inspections are today carried out at Leon Gourret Pier and these are due to be moved to Cap Janet within the next two years. This will be a big step forward, both in terms of ease of daily operations and coherence for the clients.

In Fos, the EU PoE/BIP on Graveleau Pier, which handles veterinary, phytosanitary and anti-fraud controls, requires renovation in several areas, an issue that the GPMM (port authority) is starting to address. "The BIP was built 12 years ago and was no longer up to standards. Remedial work has been carried out since and an additional unloading bay has just been built. However, we are pushing for the facility granted at Seayard to be maintained, since this extra inspection point quay-side helps keep traffic flowing smoothly through the port," says Jean-Pierre Vigerie, chairman of the Marseille-Fos Freight Forwarders' Association. Ship's agents and forwarders are calling for an extension to the phytosanitary inspection hours in order not to slow the transit of goods through the port.





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