Swedish steel company SSAB has moved into 2,700 square metre premises in the Basque port of Pasaia, where it has centralised its logistics facilities for the Iberian peninsula. From now on, the Gipuzcoan harbour will be the platform from which the company, a world leader in high strength steels, will serve its products to its customers in the Spanish State and in Portugal, Deia newspaper reports.
SSAB plans to send about three or four shiploads of steel from Sweden and Finland to Pasaia each month, according to Pedro Rodríguez, the company’s Sales Manager for Spain and Portugal.
In the port of Pasaia, SSAB will have the premises mentioned above, where its products will be stocked, plus another 7,000 square metres shared with other companies for more pressing shipments, either by rail or by road.
Until now the Nordic company had operated through the Biscayan port of Bermeo and a logistics centre located in Durango, but has decided to centralise its operations in Pasaia, following in the footsteps of the Finnish steel company Ruukki, which became installed in the Gipuzkoan port in March 2012.
In fact, SSAB and Ruukki merged in July 2014, leading to the centralisation of all operations in the same single warehouse previously occupied by the Finnish company. Algeposa, the leading logistics operator at the Basque port, will be responsible for loading and unloading material for the Swedish multinational, which expects to reach a volume of about 200,000 tons a year.
The arrival of SSAB comes at a time of moderate growth for the port of Pasaia, which is expected to meet forecasts and close the year with 4 million tonnes of traffic. In May, the harbour lost the new container route to Antwerp, which had opened just three months earlier, but it is more than likely to recover this line through the Basque firm Transkontenord.