The Port of Bilbao Border Inspection Post inspected 7,400 food containers in 2011, of which 55% were of animal origin and 45% vegetable.
The main imports of animal origin were king prawns, prawns, surimi, shrimps and anchovies, tuna fish in oil and dried, salted and brined fish. The main vegetable origin goods inspected were asparagus, peppers, artichokes, prepared or preserved vegetable products, mushrooms and frozen asparagus.
With a view to boosting food product traffic with third countries, the Port of Bilbao Authority invested nearly 5 million euros in building the present Border Inspection Post, which came into operation in 2007. The building is located on a 9,700 square-metre plot and has 3,800 metres of surface area and 16 unloading bays.
The Post, which can admit up to 160 containers daily, has become one of the most important in Spain in terms of area and the means at its disposal.
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