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Panamanian customs officials know the operation of Spanish ports

Customs officers from Panama formed a delegation that visited the Spanish ports of Valencia and Barcelona to learn how inspection services and controls are coordinated Ports of goods, informed an official source today.

Panama, Nov 8 (EFE) .- Customs officers from Panama formed a delegation that visited the Spanish ports of Valencia and Barcelona to learn how services are coordinated inspection and port controls of goods, informed an official source today.

The delegation that visited Valenciaport was headed by the Panamanian Minister of Development Agropecuario, Eduardo Carles, who was accompanied by officials from the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and the National Customs Authority (ANA).

The Panamanian representation was attended by Aurelio Martínez, president of the Port Authority of Valencia (APV), in a visit that took place on October 30 and 31, said Today, Efe, the director of the ANA, José Gómez.

Gómez said that both in Valencia and in Barcelona, ​​where they were last Thursday and Friday, "we saw issues of technology and interrelation of authorities and how they exercise controls in ports. "

He added that they also paid attention to best practices and sanitary and phytozoosanitary controls. that are exercised in both port terminals, and the one-stop shop.

"In short, a very interesting visit because it was seeing the controls in operation, exchange of information, all the cargo logistics at the docks and how the cargo is inspected ", among other issues, said Gómez.

This visit, which was made following an invitation by the party of the Spanish port authorities, "strengthens the bonds of friendship between the institutions and governments in a very necessary subject in our activity", highlighted the head of Customs Panamanian.

For its part, a statement from the ANA notes that the president of APV, Aurelio Martínez, explained to the delegation of Panama that Valenciaport is a privileged platform for ships on their way from Asia to America for their strategic location in the Mediterranean.

Martinez highlighted in that sense the leadership of Valencia in that region of Europe, where it occupies the fifth position, being the port number 28 worldwide in the line of container traffic.

Currently, Valenciaport manages 12,000 containers TEUs of commerce "import / export" with Panama and in 2016 it channeled 125,000 tons to / from Panama, 12,000 more than in 2015 and 24,000 more than in 2014, said the statement.

Minister Carles, At the same time, he said that Panama "is a logistical enclave of maximum global relevance", so it was important "to observe how Valencia manages the high volumes of cargo with the maximum quality ".

Regarding the tour of Barcelona, ​​the Panamanian delegation held working sessions with representatives of the Catalan Port Authority and various companies in the sector Barcelona logistics such as Portic, BEST, Evge, or Solport, among others.

On this occasion, the delegation was formed by representatives of the ACP, the AMP and the Logistics Cabinet of the Presidency, which organized the tour, in order to exchange knowledge, promote trade exchanges and strengthen relations between the Port of Barcelona and Panama, according to the official information.

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