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BEST signs a cooperation agreement with the ZAL Port

10/04/2016
CILSA

BEST firma un acuerdo de cooperación con la ZAL Port

Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST), a subsidiary of Hutchison Ports, and Logistics Activity Zone (ZAL Port), Intermodal logistics platform owned by the Port of Barcelona and MERLIN Properties, signed an agreement on 3rd October, to optimize and reduce supply chain costs.

ZAL Port is located adjacent to BEST, Southern Europe’s most advanced deep-sea port, and offers the possibility of setting up logistic centers with easy access to an extensive network of roads and highways that connect to the main Spanish cities and Europe, to three freight railway stations, and situated just 6 kilometers from the cargo center at Barcelona El Prat International Airport. This combination makes the area an essential logistic node for South and Central Europe.

Guillermo Belcastro, CEO of BEST, said, “This cooperation agreement is a game-changer and will allow logistic operators to find the most cost effective, efficient and reliable supply chains. We believe that the combination of BEST and ZAL Port will bring real value to the market and enhance Barcelona’s position as the main gateway to Southern Europe for Far East traffic.”

Alfonso Martinez, CEO of ZAL Port, mentioned, “This cooperation will allow the logistics market to grow, bringing the Port of Barcelona new clients with new freight, giving them a complete solution for their logistics chain, creating value through exclusive and unique logistics offerings.

Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST) is the first semi-automated terminal of HPH and the most technologically advanced port development project in Spain. It is capable of serving multiple mega-vessels simultaneously and has an eight-track railway facility, the biggest on-dock railway terminal of any port in the Mediterranean, connecting it to traffic coming from, and destined for, Southern Europe.

ZAL Port is the most important logistics platform in the Mediterranean. Promoting the integration of transport and distribution activities, its purpose is to attract maritime traffic with value-added logistic services. Efficiency orientated, it is a unique Logistic HUB with its high level of intermodality and a true economic engine of the city of Barcelona.

About BEST

Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST) is the first semi-automated terminal of Hutchison Ports and the most technologically advanced port development project in Spain. It is capable of serving multiple mega-vessels simultaneously and has an eight-track railway facility, the biggest on-dock railway terminal of any port in the Mediterranean connecting it to traffic coming from, and destined for, Southern Europe.

BEST is a member of Hutchison Ports, the port and related services division of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (CK Hutchison). Hutchison Ports is the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator with a network of port operations in 48 ports spanning 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. Over the years, Hutchison Ports has expanded into other logistics and transportation-related businesses, including cruise ship terminals, airport operations, distribution centres, rail services and ship repair facilities.

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