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“Ship suppliers are the ones who enjoy the Free Zone the most”

The head of the company Logística Canarias, Jennifer González, highlights the main customs advantages of the venue..

“The companies that benefit most from the Free Zone are ship suppliers, because you never need to import the goods and settle taxes, since all that supply and supply of ships comes in here and comes out with a lower price of supply or supply to ships”, says Jennifer González, director of Logistics of the firm Canarias Logística, one of the companies affiliated to the Free Zone of Gran Canaria and that enjoy several customs and tax advantages that they take advantage of for their business. Currently, there are 19 companies present in this particular area of the capital port, to benefit from the situation and exempt themselves from the payment of fees with the arrival of the goods and other indirect taxes, take advantage of the tax advantages of the Zone Canary Islands (ZEC).

González comments that Canarias Logística has been installed in Zona Franca since 2003, when “there was a boom”, when the Port Authority began to cede the land to logistics companies “thanks to the boom that the Port was experiencing at the time”. This is how large companies began to invest in both the Free Zone and La Luz in general.
“When the Free Zone was created,” he continues, “a rather ambitious project was carried out in which several companies came to contribute to the Canary Islands Logistics. Over time it has gone to less than that initial intention that there was and has basically remained as a logistics warehouse.”

According to the Director of Logistics, beyond the bureaucratic procedures, being part of the Free Zone has more advantages than disadvantages. “The only disadvantage that may be there is the lack of promotion that has had on the part of the competent body, apart from the ignorance of companies in the Canary Islands; and that’s not to mention the high value of the land within the Port,” he says.

Canarias Logística would also operate outside Zona Franca and The Port itself, as stated by González. “It operates as a logistics warehouse, where container discharges can be made; our main customer is a freight forwarder, and has an average volume of about 10 or 15 containers per week, which in 99% of cases stays here,” he says.

“The signature,” he continues, “takes care of pure and hard logistics, point by point, and we do everything; I sometimes even say that anything is possible, from being asked to make a move to container discharges, repairing orders, checking stock… Whatever it is.”

The company assumes comprehensive logistics, “even bringing goods from any country or any point on the peninsula to here or from here to anywhere else; we have all the variants and because it is in terms of logistics and transport,” he adds.

As far as the expansion of the Free Zone is concerned, González recalls that “it does not affect us, because this length is really for specific projects”, such as Oryx and future new investors.

Eduardo Medina Orihuela 07.08.2014 00:00

Jennifer González, in front of the entrance of the company Canarias Logística.
photo of: José carlos guerra