This newly extended timetable is aimed at freeing up goods movement and is a very positive step, particularly for companies that import fresh produce. Mercabarna businesses have been calling for extended hours for many years via Assocome (the Mercabarna Concessionaires Association).
The restricted opening hours of the Barcelona border inspection services had led many companies to bring products into the country via other Spanish ports and airports.
Improvements in Port Facilities
As well as the new timetable, the border inspection facilities at the port have also been revamped, improving the work zones and offices to offer a wider range of customer services. The main works have included the construction of new cargo bays, the creation of a new inspection room and the expansion of the office area, freezing rooms and cold chambers.
New BIP Head
These new services were unveiled at an event held in Barcelona on 30 October and attended by representatives of the delegation of the government in Catalonia, the port, the airport and other institutions and companies, including Mercabarna management and business owners from the Food Unit. It was also a chance to meet the new head of the BIPs, Marta Vallés, who has taken over responsibility for the management and organization of the two inspection points in Barcelona.