Tanger Med a plus point for Morocco
Morocco leapt up the worldwide logistics network rankings recently. The improvement can be attributed largely to the huge Tanger Med transit port.
In 2014 Morocco’s maritime connectivity was ranked 16th worldwide by the United Nations conference on trade and development (Unctad). Before the port of Tanger Med started operations in 2007 the country had come a rather lowly 84th. The new ranking has now placed Morocco first amongst all African and Latin American countries, just behind France (12th), Spain (13th), Italy (14th) and the United Arab Emirates (15th). The criteria which determine a nation’s position in the list include its network of regular maritime connections as well as its integration into world trade. The list thus reflects a country’s ability to compete.
Today Tanger Med is linked to 161 ports in 63 countries on five continents. This extensive connectivity opens up new opportunities for Moroccan exporters and improves their ability to perform effectively along the entire logistics supply chain, a report from Tangier has stated.
Tanger Med’s figures
The Tanger Med Port Authority said that throughput rose by 17% in 2014 vis-à-vis 2013, coming to 41.7 million t. The box volumes handled increased by 20% in teu and by 22% in t, coming to 3 million teu and 32 million t. In the period under review the facility’s Renault terminal saw a 43% improvement over 2013, which means the centre handled 211,000 vehicles.
The breakbulk sector registered a strong upsurge, climbing by 38% vis-à-vis the previous year to 425,000 t. In 2014 Tanger Med established many new container and car links, including to and from Djibouti, Port Gentil (Gabon), Alexandria, El Dekheila (both Egypt), Beirut (Lebanon), Latakia (Syria), Mersin, Yeniköy (both Turkey), Constantza (Romania), Novorossiysk (Russia), Odessa (Ukraine), Marseille Fos (France), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Santander (Spain), Tyn (Poland) and La Guaira (Venezuela).