Automated cranes at BEST terminal

Barcelona’s BEST and French port of Bayonne get connected

BEST Terminal in Barcelona and the port of Bayonne, in the French region of New Aquitaine, have joined forces to offer a new intermodal solution to importers and exporters in the Southwest of France. This is to be operated by BEST’s logistics operator Synergy, and the transport company GIMEX, based in Navarra.

With this new service BEST turns into reality its ambitious project of expanding its hinterland at an international level. Meanwhile, the port of Bayonne, historically specialised in bulk, wants to take a step forward in intermodality by implementing a cross-border door-to-door intermodal service.

Added value

Synergy already has years of experience in the field. Some of the operator’s success cases are its service from BEST to Pamplona, with one daily departure, and the one from BEST to Miranda de Ebro (Burgos), which already has four departures per week, having been in service for a little over a year.

The added value that these services provide to their clients are: savings of up to 11 days of maritime transit time, offering direct services from Barcelona; and also reliability in the face of the current situation of uncertainty that French ports have been experiencing for several weeks.

Taking the pulse

The union of the partners of this innovative project will be presented by both parties at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bayonne, next Thursday 20 February in order to “take the pulse” of the sector, identify potential future users and adjust the proposal of service offer to the needs of logistics professionals on both sides of the border.

The Bayonne Chamber of Commerce, BEST , Synergy and Gimex are inviting shippers, forwarders, logistic companies, transporters, importers and exporters to register for the presentation of the event.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of RailFreight.com, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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