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    US Embassy Highlights Morocco’s ‘Growing Status’ as Gateway to Africa

    Tanger Med’s geographical location is turning Morocco into a gateway to Africa and Europe for many international companies.

    14 Oct 2021

    Rabat - The US Charge d’affaires, David Greenesaid he was “thrilled” to visit the Tanger Med Port recently.

    In a readout about Green’s visit to the Moroccan port, the US embassy in Rabat quoted the Charge d’Affaires as describing the port as one of the “largest container ports in the world.”

    “We are proud to be able to support Morocco’s growing status as a trade ‘Gateway to Africa,’ which this port exemplifies,” David Greene said.

    The US embassy emphasized that the port is beneficial to hundreds of American companies, including Lear Automotive and Delphi Automotive Systems, which have expanded manufacturing activities in the Moroccan port.

    US companies operating in the port employ over 10,000 people.

    According to the latest Llyod’s List ranking, Morocco's Tangier Med Port is the best container port in Africa.

    The port is ranked 25th worldwide, outperforming major ports in the Mediterranean, including Spain’s Algeciras.

    This is the fourth consecutive year that the ranking shows Morocco’s Tanger Med on the top of the list of ports in the continent.

    Tanger Med’s geographical location is turning Morocco into a gateway to Africa and Europe for many international companies.

    In addition to Llyod’s List, many international observers have highlighted e how the construction of the Tanger Med Port has single-handedly put Morocco on coveted and restricted list in global trade.

    In a 2018 report, Spanish business newspaper Cinco Dias outlined the port’s transformation throughout the past decade.

    According to Cinco Dias, the Moroccan port has managed to establish itself as a leading hub in just a decade to become the gateway to Africa and an industrial platform.

    In March, El Pais also spoke of Tanger Med Port’s growing significance in the Mediterranean region. The Spanish newspaper said that Spain’s ports have been losing ground since “King Mohammed VI inaugurated this infrastructure in 2007.”

    Bloomberg also highlighted the Moroccan port’s performance back in February, emphasizing that the port is now dominating cargo traffic in the Mediterranean and outpacing Spain’s major platforms such as the port of Algeciras.

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