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Marseille seeks to boost growing Asian box trade

Marseille seeks to boost growing Asian box trade

Shanghai: Following a 40% increase in container trade with China last year, the Port of Marseille showcased its fast-expanding container facilities at Marseilles Fos at the Transport & Logistics China trade show here last week.

Port representatives described how container capacity would rise to 2.5m teu per year from 2011 with the opening of Fos 2XL, where two new terminals will be operated by MSC and the CMA CGM/Dubai Ports venture Portsynergy.  They also showcased the Fos 4XL project, due in service from 2017/2018 in partnership with Hutchison Port Holdings.

Further presentations focused on logistics zones including Fos Distriport, where a first phase of 600,000m2 of warehousing is in operation, and Feuillane, where home furnishings giant IKEA has established its southern  Europe distribution base.

Container throughput at Port of Marseille in the five months to end May was up 16% year-on-year to 421,143teu. The total included 309,038 teu ( 10%) at the deepsea Fos terminal - its best performance for three years - and a 37% rise to 112,105 teu in the mainly intra-Mediterranean trades handled at Marseille.  [14/06/10]