Genoa – Over 400 people attended the fourth edition of the “Shipping & Intermodal Transport” Forum, this year dedicated to “Digital Transport Routes: IoT, and big data, the opportunities and risks of the digital transformation.” The event, organized by The MediTelegraph and Il Secolo XIX, was held in Genoa, at Palazzo San Giorgio. Following initial remarks by Massimo Righi, the director of Il Secolo XIX, the conference’s opening was entrusted to the governor of the Liguria Region, Giovanni Toti. “Requesting more autonomy at our ports,” said Toti, “does not stem from a sense of Ligurian self-centeredness, but rather from the desire to improve the efficiency across the nation of such an essential asset.” “Currently,” added the governor, “following closure from many large manufacturers, the port of Genoa has become Northern Italy’s preeminent company. Goods flowing to and from Italy’s most productive regions all pass through the logistics system of Liguria. The state is pushing ahead with the project of a new seawall at the Genoa port, and has acted well in regard to the Customs Single Window.” On the topic of the reform of the port Authority: “It’s no secret that we’d like to make some changes.” Next up, was the Forum’s first case study, titled “Connecting Europe: the digitalization of the corridors”, which was presented by Paolo Guglielminetti (associate partners at PwC); and Saverio Romeo (chief research officer at London-based Beecham Research) presented a European preview of a report titled “The Impact of the Internet of Things on the management of ports and logistics”. The forum included a panel debate featuring Teresa Alvaro (Customs Agency), lawyer Sara Armella, Maurizio Martucci (TIM), and Massimo Pellegrino (PwC Strategy & Italy Partner). According to the Customs Agency’s top manager for Innovation and Technology, “old business models need to be phased out, while digital upgrading is to be applauded. The Customs Agency needs to update its inspections and services to take place at the speed required by the global market.” “Our main relationships,” she pointed out, “are with the companies in the logistics chain; together with the port system authorities. There’s also a need on part of the authorities for more uniformity with compliance to the directives coming from Rome. What’s in store over the short term? Efforts towards the Single Customs Window will need to be kept up, in order to complete a process well-underway.” “
The digital revolution that involves all sectors of production,” explained lawyer Armella, “is also occurring in the relationship between operators and the Customs Agency: there’s a genuine revolution in the sphere of customs inspection taking place.” Actility product strategy manager, Nicolas Beaumer’s talk on disruptive technologies that target the transport and logistics industry, also formed part of the Forum’s programme.