The President of the Madrid Business Confederation (CEIM), Miguel Garrido, affirms that “it is necessary to increase the capacity of the Port of Valencia, a strategic infrastructure in the business and commercial activity of the Community of Madrid, Valencia and Europe”

A delegation from CEIM and the Business Confederation of the Valencian Community (CEV) have visited the Port of Valencia

The President of the PAV, Aurelio Martínez, has assured the business representatives that “we will continue to work to extend the relationship of Valencia as a port of Madrid”

València, March 9th, 2022.-  For the Madrid Business Confederation (CEIM), the new container terminal at the Port of Valencia is an “ambitious and necessary” project to increase trade relations between the Madrid and Valencian communities and to strengthen their weight in the European economy. “The Port of Valencia connects Madrid with the Mediterranean and the rest of the world. It is a strategic infrastructure for business and commercial activity”, said the president of CEIM, Miguel Garrido, at the meeting he held with the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV).

For the head of the Madrid businessmen “it is essential to increase the capacity of the Port of Valencia, something that is planned with the northern container terminal”. For this reason, Garrido has asked the administrations to “speed up the procedures for the implementation of this project so that it is available to all Spanish companies as soon as possible. An infrastructure that will also enable energy efficiency and environmental sustainability to be substantially improved in the Valencian area”.

Visit to the Port of Valencia

The President of CEIM led a visit to the facilities of the Port of Valencia in which the President of the Business Confederation of the Valencian Community (CEV), Salvador Navarro, the President of CEV Valencia, Eva Blasco, and the Vice-President of the Madrid Confederation, Pau Villalba, also took part. The delegation toured the southern counter-dam and the northern extension of the Valencia exhibition centre. For Salvador Navarro, “it is the will of the employers of all the communities that the port of Valencia should continue to grow as it is a fundamental infrastructure for the society of our country”.

For his part, Aurelio Martínez recalled that Valenciaport “is a tool for improving the competitiveness of companies, a hub port with export/import and transhipment traffic, which has connections with more than 1,000 ports all over the world. We act as a product launching pad for the Spanish business fabric, which reduces operating costs and times for the companies that operate through the port”.

The president of the PAV has indicated that “we have highlighted the possibilities of the port to support the industry and the competitiveness of the exporting companies of Madrid. We want to extend this relationship as a port of Madrid with actions such as the railway commitment with Coslada and Vicálvaro to continue to promote the central railway corridor so that the goods also generate the least environmental impact”.

During the meeting between the business representatives and the APV, they got to know first-hand the figures generated by Valenciaport, as well as the investment plans for the coming years in terms of sustainability, infrastructures, green energies, digitalisation or intermodality with the railway.  In this sense, 80% of the goods arriving or leaving the port of Valencia by train have their origin or destination in Madrid.