FRENCH shipping group CMA CGM and its subsidiary OPDR are expanding their services to Morocco by launching five export solutions with 14 weekly calls at Moroccan ports for producers to export Moroccan citrus fruits and vegetables to Russia, North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The port of Agadir is the centre of Moroccan citrus fruits and vegetables production, and will be served by three weekly calls to ports in Northern Europe and Russia, operated by the Dunkrus, CISS and AGAX services, reported American Journal of Transportation.
Under the CMA CGM brand, the group will directly connect Morocco to France, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands through the Dunkrus service that is due to commence on October 26. The port rotation is: Agadir, Dunkirk, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Vlissingen, Havre, Rouen, Vigo, Tangier, Casablanca and back to Agadir.
Russia, the largest consumer of Moroccan citrus fruits, will be served through a connection in Dunkirk.
The Agapov service that will kick off on October 29 is to call at the ports of: Agadir, Port Vendres, Barcelona, Valencia, Casablanca, Agadir, Port Vendres, Algeciras, Tangiers, Ghazaouet, Casablanca, returning to Agadir. Port Vendres will be called twice a week.
The weekly Morocco Shuttle operates year round. Its port rotation is: Casablanca, Agadir, Tangier, Algeciras, and Casablanca. It serves the United States and Canada via Algeciras with connections to the group’s other services.
OPDR, CMA CGM’s subsidiary since July 1, will link Morocco to Spain and northern Europe through the CISS service that is due to start on November 7. Its rotation is: Agadir, Huelva, Setubal, Tilbury, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Tilbury, Tenerife, Las Palmas and back to Agadir.
The AGAX service launched on October 15 with a port rotation of: Agadir, Casablanca, Portsmouth, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Casablanca, Gibraltar, Seville, Las Palmas and back to Agadir.
These CISS and AGAX services provide a connection to the UK with calls in Tilbury and Portsmouth.
Source : HKSG.