AGRO Merchants Group has increased its capabilities for so-called ‘blue storage’ in the new Rotterdam-Maasvlakte facility, which allows the company to store imported meat due to be inspected by the authorities. The facility also operates an on-site veterinary Border Inspection Post (BIP) certified by the European Commission.
AGRO’s philosophy is to follow industry trends and act on them and due to the much-increased demand for specialized ‘blue storage’, the company has decided to expand their capacities for this type of storage.
The European Union has recently decided to temporarily halt imports of Brazilian meat due to health concerns. Brazil is one of the world’s biggest exporters of meat and large amounts come through the Port of Rotterdam. AGRO will now be able to hold extra amounts of such product and carry out compulsory veterinary inspections on site.
Jan Harthoorn, Vice President Strategic Development Europe, shared: “There was a large increase in demand for ‘blue storage’ in our facility and we decided to accommodate our customers by creating additional space capable of holding their product. We always work with our customers to find a suitable solution.”
AGRO’s Rotterdam-Maasvlakte facility was opened in December 2016 and it’s primarily focused on imports and exports of meat, poultry, and seafood, along with other commodities. The site is equipped with the latest technology and received a BREEAM Excellent rating for environmental sustainability.