EMES offers new service to Casablanca
EMES, which offers regular liner services to meet demand for import and exports, has now started service to Casablanca. The service creates an important alternative for exporters in Izmir, Bursa and Istanbul.
As of February EMES, an operator of container shipping lines, has initiated service to Casablanca, a city which has become the center of the Moroccan economy. The EMES Casablanca service is offered on the following route: Valencia-Castellon-Barcelona-Casablanca-Valencia. The service is an important alternative for export shipments from Izmir, Gemlik and Istanbul with 15-day transit times via Spain.
Making a contribution to trade
Casablanca plays a significant role in the country"s economy because business around the port has been booming. The city provides 60 percent of the workforce for the industrial sector as well as 39 percent of total production.
Exports from Turkey to Morocco consist of iron and steel, automotive products and spare parts, synthetic artificial unprocessed fiber, boilers, machinery, electric machinery, cotton, iron and steel products. Leading imports from Morocco include inorganic chemicals, iron and steel, electric machinery, non-woven clothing, woven clothing, lead and lead products. In 2007, Turkey exported 670 million dollars worth of goods to Morocco and imported 181 million dollars worth of goods.
The Turkey-Morocco Free Trade Agreement which went into effect in 2006 had a positive influence on the commercial and economic relationships between the two countries. It is expected that the
EMES Casablanca service will make a significant contribution to trade volume.