The French shipping company CMA CGM made its debut in Morocco in 1983. Today, the company employs more than 1,000 people in the country. With a turnover of 56 billion dollars, the CMA CGM group plays a central role in driving world trade. It is currently present in 160 countries, including Morocco with a head office located in Casablanca. It has a fleet of 566 vessels and serves 420 of the 521 active commercial ports worldwide. In total, it has 31 maritime services serving the Moroccan ports of Agadir, Casablanca and Tanger Med.
This week, he announced the creation of a new project linking Morocco, Spain and France, calling at the Spanish ports of Algeciras and Barcelona. The service, which will come into service on November 10, will be a sustainable maritime transport network between the ports of Agadir (Morocco) and Port Vendres (France) for the next fruit and vegetable season.
A die objectives promoted by this project is the reduction of CO2 emissions, which is expected to decrease by around 75% compared to the traditional truck route from Morocco.
The route that the Morocco shuttle will follow will last between 12 and 14 days. The trip, which starts in Agadir and ends in Port Vendres, will last approximately 4 days. On the return, the ship will dock in the ports of Casablanca, Algeciras, Tangier, Barcelona and Port Vendres, before returning to Agadir. The Navette Maroc ship will consist of of two ships with a capacity of 1100 tons flying the Moroccan flag and will be equipped with 220 refrigerators.
The brochure published with the press release specifies that this service will offer a “direct service from Gibraltar and Barcelona to serve Casablanca and Agadir” and represents “global connections through the hubs of Tangier Med and Algeciras”. The port of Agadir is located 35 km south of Cap Ghir, and is connected by road to the cities of Essaouira and Marrakech. If the activity of the port was formerly centered on fishing, the commercial port complex has become very important in recent years.
Located just 14 kilometers from Europe, Morocco serves as a gateway between European countries and Africa, and the EU has some of its most important trading partners. The company clarified that this service will also allow flexibility and global solutions “from Perpignan and Saint Charles to serve the main European markets” and a “direct service from Gibraltar and Barcelona to serve Casablanca and Agadir”. CMA CGM recalled that stopovers at the Tanger Med and Algeciras hubs “allow you to connect with any destination in the world”.
In addition to advanced status with the European UnionMorocco has concluded FTAs (free trade agreements) with the United States, Turkey, Canada and GAFTA (Grain and Feed Trade Association) countries.
These factors, together with controlling the public deficit and inflation, making shipments to Morocco a very relevant option for those who want to take advantage of a country that imports more than 45 billion dollars worth of goods per year.