1 October 2014 – Port news from Marseilles Fos – The port promotional body Via Marseilles Fos (VMF) has completed a trade mission to Tangiers and Casablanca in the latest stage of an initiative to strengthen the leading French port’s links with Morocco.
Exploratory talks started in Morocco in June between Marseilles Fos CEO Christine Cabau Woehrel and Morocco’s transport and logistics minister Aziz Rabbah, who then led a return visit to Marseilles in August. This trip saw the signing of two cooperation agreements for the development of freight and passenger shipping services, training programmes, IT support and an agricultural products logistics hub.
The follow-up trade mission on September 25-26 was arranged with the support of the Tanger Med port authority, Morocco’s national ports agency and the Moroccan exporters’ association.
Mme. Cabau Woehrel and VMF chairman Herve Balladur made presentations stressing the port’s rapid connections as a gateway to Europe. The Moroccan exporters hosted two meetings in Casablanca focused on the container and fruit & vegetable trades, while two further round-tables in Tangiers addressed the ro-ro and vehicle import/export sectors.