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12th september 2012


Dunkerque-Port, France's foremost port for containerised fruit imports, is reinforcing its existing services ahead of the forthcoming 2012-1013 campaign, thanks to a dynamic initiative by CMA CGM.

Supporting the development of exports of citrus and other fresh produce to Europe, the CMA CGM Group has just announced the startup of a new, highly efficient service, the "Dunkrus Express", linking Casablanca, Agadir, Dunkirk and St Petersburg by a combination of services which guarantees an extremely competitive transit time.

For the forthcoming 2012-2013 campaign, transhipment towards Russia will take place on Sundays at Dunkirk, the first port of call in Northern Europe, where CMA CGM's Baltic service will take over on the same day for St Petersburg. This will considerably improve the service between Morocco and Dunkirk (4.5 days from Agadir to Dunkirk) and mean a total transit time of 10.5 days between Morocco and Russia, allowing the CMA CGM Group to support Moroccan producers in the development of their exports to this fast-growing market.

Christine Cabau Woehrel, Chief Executive Officer at Dunkerque-Port, welcomed this announcement: "Dunkirk is already France's leading port for banana imports from the West Indies, and is reinforcing its leadership position and geographic coverage in the containerised fruit and vegetables sector. With the combination of the services and expertise offered by the port through the many controlled-temperature cargo specialists, Dunkirk will become a sought-after transit platform for this sector and can envisage trade from Morocco and other areas (South America and the Caribbean)."