The ship arrived over the weekend in Alicante due to congestion in Valencia and deposited 187 containers. People in business consider it an opportunity to boost freight traffic, speeding up transport and reducing costs.
The Port of Alicante was the scene this past weekend of an event that could be defined as historical, with the docking of the first cargo ship from China. It was a result of the congestion affecting the docks of Valencia, which could be considered precise. Still, among the province's business community, there is the conviction that we must seize this opportunity and work to strengthen freight traffic and ensure a regular line, taking into account the potential commercial activity maintained with the Asian giant. Agility in transport and lower costs are the two powerful reasons that are argued to justify this claim.
The vessel in question was the BBC America, chartered by Global Cargo System, which docked at pier 23 and unloaded 187 40-foot containers full of different products. And this is an event for the Port of Alicante because, at present, cargo traffic is limited by 80% to connections with the Canary Islands, to which must be added a freighter that works mainly for the Tempe Group, which is dedicated to picking up containers from other national ports to move them to Alicante.
The ship's arrival was delayed due to the congestion affecting the port of Valencia. Still, there is the conviction that there may be an opportunity in this circumstance, in the sense that the collapse in the docks of the capital of the Túria has been more or less structural. Alicante could become a good alternative for medium-sized freighters. This is the opinion of Felipe López, president of the Shipping Commission of the Alicante Chamber of Commerce. He does not hesitate to point out that "there is the possibility of establishing a regular line. It must be taken into account that in the Port of Alicante there are no berthing problems and, therefore, there is much more agility. Unloading could be done within 24 to 48 hours, and transport costs for companies in the province would be reduced by between 200 and 300 euros per container"
These advantages take on more significant proportions if we consider the solid commercial activity the province maintains with China. In exports, it ranks twelfth in the ranking, with 114 million euros per year. However, the most significant volume is imported since China is Alicante's largest supplier, with 1,293 million euros
The entire business spectrum is committed to this connection, starting with footwear. Rafael Bernabeu, general manager of J'Hayber, explains that "we all have to resort to the port of Valencia, so it would be extraordinary to have the alternative of Alicante because it would allow us to have competitive prices." The same is the opinion of Jesús Navarro, general manager of the spice company Carmencita, who points out that "at present, bringing a container from Valencia costs us between 800 and 1,200 euros so that the savings would be considerable. In addition, the Port of Alicante would be very suitable for medium-sized ships".
The president of the Federation of Metal Entrepreneurs of the Province of Alicante (Fempa), Luis Rodriguez, is in the same line, stressing that "it would be great for almost all sectors since there is a close link with China." For his part, the president of the Port Authority, Julián López, points out that the management of the cargo terminal is privatized but that "it is an aspiration for the Port to boost freight traffic and, in that sense, the company will always have our full support."