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THE PORT AUTHORITY OF CARTAGENA ADDRESSES THE NEEDS OF PORT OPERATIONS.

Cartagena, 14 March 2019.- The Port Authority of Cartagena held the 2nd Conference for Inspection Services aimed at the users of Port services. More than fifty people attended, who were able to learn in detail about the administrative processing required for the import/export of specific goods such as livestock or fresh fruit. The possible effects of BREXIT for all procedures associated with trade with the United Kingdom were also analysed.

Joaquín Segado stressed the commitment to promote this type of meeting: "one of our objectives is to listen and understand the needs of the Port Community and facilitate its work. It is a question of addressing the issues related to the operations that are carried out in the docks from all points of view: administration, consignee, transporter". The conference aimed at professionals in the transport sector for goods by sea, deals with new legislative and procedural issues of the different inspection services, both customs and para-customs.

"These conferences are carried out within the strategic line of the Port to promote training and specialization of the port community of Cartagena, and aims to establish recommendations to improve the functioning of the sector," added the president of the APC.

Experts in port management will explain the necessary procedures for each of the processes on Thursday and Friday. On the first day of the conference, the head of Cartagena's Customs Dependency, Mª Luisa Carrillero, analysed the possible repercussions of Brexit, the structure of the dock's locations and the free zones. This is as well as the applicable rules and documents required for goods and the administrative process to be initiated distinguishing between entry and exit.

Paula Isabel Nieto Diez "Head of the Inspection Service," explained the new SOIVRE regulations (Official Service for the Inspection, Monitoring and Regulation of Exports Department). This service is an official control and inspection service for a series of food products subject to foreign trade, which is required for clearance to guarantee compliance with the quality standards for the marketing of fresh fruits, in particular citrus fruits, fish and safety of industrial products.

The Conferences will end on Friday with the speech by Obdulia Gomez who will present the Inspection Services attached to the Agriculture Area; Pedro Oliver, Head of PIF services (Border Inspection Point), who will explain foot-and-mouth disease, Marcos Adrian Ubeda, from the Animal Health Service will talk about the PIF and the controls it performs, Carmen Ferrer, will talk about the import of citrus fruits and wood while Carmen Cayuela will do so with regards to fisheries inspection. Finally, Javier Arques will announce the procedures that are carried out from the Animal Health Service for animal health control.

"With these conferences, in addition to ensuring that the port community is updated with the latest regulatory developments, the intention is to promote the feeling of Port Community, acting in a unique way to provide a complete service to all customers in the port of Cartagena who should perceive the Port as a unit and not as a group of isolated service providers," concluded Segado.

The new market prospecting tools that the Port Authority will make available to its customers to explore new business opportunities for the port will also be presented.