29 February 16

Fresh Food Corridors EU project @ Fruit Logistica

KB8_6110-1In the fantastic frame of Fruit Logistica, one of the major international trade fairs dedicated to the perishable products logistics which has seen more than 70,000 trade visitors from over 130 countries, the partners of Fresh Food Corridors organized a Technical Meeting on the 2nd of February.

The Fresh Food Corridors is a project co-financed by the EU (CEF Transport Program), establishing innovative logistics chains for perishable goods that will link the Middle East countries with the main Central European markets via 3 Mediterranean core ports: Venice, Koper and Marseille (plus a feasibility study via the port of La Spezia and Cyprus). The project will create a platform to coordinate the transportation of reefer containers along the whole logistics chain, connecting the Motorways of the Sea coming from non-EU countries with the railway connections from the three Mediterranean ports to the inland market of Central Europe. For this objective, the project will approach also ICT solutions, improving tracing of cargo and speeding up the certifications for perishable goods controls.

Specifically, the meeting has been an important opportunity to discuss about the progress of the project activities and to plan the future activities. Within the stand of Mehadrin, a FFC partner and one of the biggest agri-food import-export operator in the EMEA Region, the partners have defined first the timing and the refeer containers and block trains quantities needed to implement the 3 pilot locations envisaged in the project, foreseeing that the first experimental pilot will reach the Port of Koper by the middle of March 2016.

The project comes effectively to life, with great satisfaction by all the partners!

Besides the technical and logistics aspects, however strongly correlated, the partners discussed also on commercial and business topics. In fact, it was decided to start to organize the B2B meetings by the core ports involved in the project, in order to include all stakeholders and actors potentially interested in such innovative logistic corridor. These business events represent an innovative element of this initiative, particularly because one of the purpose of FFC project is to promote new business opportunities, both improving sustainable intermodal and rail freight services as well as enhancing the current levels of using services in the 3 logistic corridors. To this regard, in early summer 2016, B2B meeting will be organized in each port involved. Regard to stakeholders and interested groups, the Fruit Logistica has enabled to disclose project information to many logistic operators, arousing, attracting great interest and participation.

Finally, a technical meeting that has become a beautiful and useful showcase for the entire project and all partners of Fresh Food Corridors project.

Below the Photo-gallery of the event

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