SPEECH - Europe's ports: a vital gateway to the rest of the world
3.7 billion tonnes of cargo pass through Europe's ports each year. They are a vital gateway to the rest of the world. But port operations are complex – goods have to be loaded and unloaded, a pilot has to guide the ship into and out of the port. A mooring has to be found. And customs formalities have to be observed. And after all that, goods need to make their onward journey by rail or road or inland waterway.