Alicante introduces the UK’s first rail line for perishable goods

The Alicante Port Authority (APA), in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce, Terminales Marítimas del Sureste and Transfesa Logistics, yesterday presented the shipping line, by rail, between the port of Alicante and the United Kingdom, during a conference that brought together representatives of the companies and institutions involved in the project.

The first convoy, which left Alicante last week loaded with containers of perishable products, also returned loaded to Alicante, yesterday Thursday, on these first flights it turned out that the duration of the journey to London was barely 72 hours, as you received the recipients of your goods between Monday and Tuesday, i.e. within 24 hours of arrival.

The caravan, which is expected to increase its capacity in the short term, will leave Alicante, starting next week, every Friday at 11:30 am, so loads will be accepted up to two hours before departure, facilitating the logistical movement of companies.

The operation of the line was carried out at the initiative of Terminales Marítimas del Sureste, the concessionaire of the port’s container terminal, and the port authority, although this would not have been possible without the cooperation of the Chamber of Commerce, Federal Provincial de Transportes de Alicante (FETRAMA) or companies such as Transfesa, Which delivers the goods at the destination.

This line was born with two main goals: on the one hand, it will serve to offer a new exit route for products from the orchards of Alicante and Murcian, mainly, after Brexit, and the application of multilateralism in port transport, and on the other hand, on the other hand, to contribute to the decarbonization of transport , through a strategy to enhance rail freight transport, in line with the ‘Cargo 30’ Program of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, which aims to promote rail transport as the backbone of logistics chains

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After the presentation, attendees were able to visit the facilities of the container terminal, passing through the TECO terminal, where the train was loaded into the UK.

At the end of the visit, attendees went to the Plaza del Puerto, where Transfesa Logistic identified a large green container for the “Goods on the Train” campaign, which aims to raise awareness among public institutions, businesses and the community in general of the importance of using the train to reduce emissions from the transportation sector.

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