Malaga-Tangier-Canada freight service exceeds expectations

Containers at Malaga's port.
Containers at Malaga's port. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • The route is seeing roughly 10% more business than operators Hapag-Lloyd had initially predicted

The maritime freight service between Malaga Port, Tangier and Canada has "exceeded expectations" with around ten per cent more business than initially forecast by the German company Hapag-Lloyd, which runs the service.

One reason is that the company is transporting high-value technological and industrial products, in addition to fruit and refrigerated foods. After a five-year gap in the service, goods are transported once again by train from Madrid to Malaga Port and from there by ship to Tangier and on to Canada, as Malaga now forms part of the MCA route.

"We're very happy, both with the business side, the amount of goods we're transporting and the clients, but also with the ease of doing business and operating here in Malaga. That's something the captains and lots of our personnel have noted," said Joseph Santo, Hapag-Lloyd's head of operations in Spain and Portugal.

The firm is hoping to eventually be able to send goods coming into Malaga port on to Madrid by train; currently, goods are only sent from Madrid to Malaga for export.