Starting with 2020, Antequera, a town in Malaga province (Andalusia), will have the biggest multimodal centre in the south of Spain. Thus, Antequera dry port will be directly connected to the Mediterranean and Atlantic Railway Freight Corridors. The objective of this freight and logistics terminal is to bypass the ports of Cadiz, Algeciras, Malaga and Seville.
Antequerra terminal will have warehouses on a surface of 200,000 square metres for cargo to arrive and then be distributed by rail from several Andalusian ports and Airports (especially Seville and Malaga). Antequerra is located between the southern parts of two railway freight corridors, Mediterranean and Atlantic. It is estimated that the terminal will become a logistics hub for companies such as Mercadona, the biggest Spanish supermarket and American giant, Amazon. Construction works will be carried out by the Andalusian regional government, but also by the private intermodal freight company Acotral, whose main customer is Mercadona. Freight deposits will be either sold or leased by CBRE real estate agency.
Andalusia is Spain’s biggest exporting region due to its agricultural activity and food industry which, since 2007, have constantly sustained the regional economy after the real estate crisis in the area, one of the poorest regions in Spain, at that time. The region has suffered a strong blow when it became obvious that the real estate business was not enough to replace some production sectors, such as the chemical industry, mining or the automotive industry. All these sectors had begun to disappear gradually since the 90s and culminated with the economic downturn which affected Spain severely in 2008-20014.