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Marseilles Fos promotes rail advantage    

Leading French cargo port Marseilles Fos and combined transport operator Naviland Cargo have hosted a meeting in Toulouse to update clients from the key Midi-Pyrenees region on progress since national port reforms, including major enhancements to containerised rail services.

More than 70 forwarders and ships’ agents were addressed by the port’s director of development, Arnaud Ranjard, and Naviland deputy managing director Franck Bensaid.

They heard how simplified customs procedures introduced last September had supported the five-times per week rail shuttle link between Marseilles Fos and the Midi-Pyrenees economic zone, which is among the port’s closest catchment areas.

M. Ranjard added that the port, together with Mediterranean hubs Gioia Tauro and Algeciras, was one of only three in Europe to defy the world economic crisis by registering double-digit box growth.  Total container throughput at Marseilles Fos rose 13% in 2012 to a record of more than 1.062 million teu.  This included a 16% surge to more than 827, 000 teu of deepsea traffic handled at Fos.

In the first full year of operation since French port reforms, volumes had been boosted by workforce reliability, the two private Fos 2XL container terminals coming fully on stream and mounting  occupancy of the logistics parks.

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