The Port of Barcelona’s Muelle Sur Container Terminal is 100% owned by APM Terminals and has an annual throughput capacity of 2.3 million TEU. APM Terminals Barcelona is located on the Mediterranean Coast in the Catalan Region of Spain, in Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city.
Barcelona’s hinterland accounts for 80% of the ports total cargo volume. A large variety of industries are located in the hinterland, including automotive, textile, chemical and pharmaceuticals. It is benefits from close proximity to the ZAL – Logistics Activities Zone – and the duty-free area, Consorcio de la Zona Franca. Leading international brands including Ikea, Decathlon, Lidl, Amazon, Schneider Electric, Honda Logistics, Inditex, and Mango have also located their distribution centers in Barcelona.
The terminal has the benefit of being located on the entrance canal to the port. It has its own on-dock rail connection, immediate access to the motorway network and automated gate access for optimum intermodal efficiency. Customs offices are also located inside the terminal to optimise the logistics process.
APM Terminals Barcelona offer direct connections to inland container terminals in Zaragoza and Madrid using dedicated shuttle trains. These are ideally positioned close to the distributions centres of large multinationals. This service provides a number of benefits and cost savings, particularly for textiles, export scrap and Spanish agricultural products.The terminals can also arrange door-to-door service.
- On-dock rail track: 4,500m
- Tracks: 6
Facilities & Equipment
The terminal is equipped with the most advanced technology in order to maximize the handling of containers and operate as efficiently as possible. Our automated gates handle over 2,000 truck operations per day using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for maximum efficiency.
- Wharf: 1,515m
- Draft: 16m
- LOA: 400m
- Yard: 81 ha
- Reefer plugs: 632 (380V/50 Hz)
- Annual capacity: 2.3 million TEU
- Cranes: 4 Panamax/ 5 Post Panamax/ 5 Super Post Panamax
- Outreach: 13/18/23 rows
- Gate lanes: 8 in/5 out
The terminal adheres to the highest international quality and safety standards including:
- ISO 9001:2015
- OHSAS 18001: 2007
- ISO 14001: 2015
- Regulation 1221/2009 of the European Parliament for Loading/Unloading Containers
- Port of Barcelona Efficiency Excellence
Authorised Economic Operator (OEA) status
In 2015 APM Terminals Barcelona obtained OEA status for Protection and Security. Full OEA status was granted to the terminal in 2020, when it received the Authorised Economic Operator (OEA) certificate for Customs Procedures.
OEA status brings a number of benefits for customers, such as simplified customs procedures, fewer physical and document-based controls, and priority treatment if selected for control. AEO status also means that the controls the terminals has in place reduce theft and losses, results in fewer delayed shipments; improved planning; improved customer service and lower inspection costs of suppliers.