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Italo-German Forum on logistics in Munich

Important meeting between Consorzio Zai Quadrante Europa, Italian port authorities, railway operators, freight carrier associations and leading transport sector players in Bavaria.

The Italo-German forum on logistics and transport, organised by the Italo-German Chamber of Commerce in Munich together with DVZ "Deutsche Logistik-Zeitung", an organisation that provides information to logistics operators in all German-speaking countries, was held in Munich on 4th December. According to the National Institute of Statistics (Istat), in 2011, 13% of Italian exports went to Germany, while 16.1% of Italian imports came from Germany. Bavaria plays a leading role in this synopsis and Munich is the reference point for all three vertical European corridors with the consequent focal points being the Brenner Pass and Verona in terms of road and rail transport. At the meeting, Consorzio Zai reaffirmed its intentions to open and consolidate relations with ports on the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Seas in line with what is happening in terms of sea traffic developments in the Mediterranean and their strict dependence on Alpine passes to reach central Europe. The progressive opening of railway routes to private operators can offer further opportunities to develop goods transport; good connections with Austria, Switzerland and Germany are a determining factor for goods flows coming from and going to German-speaking markets, with a further strong point being the Italian logistics hubs, as the DGG (Deutsche Guterververkehrszentrum Gesellschaft) Study shows. This 2010 study classified Interporto Quadrante Europa as the number one European Interporto and placed Italian freight terminals among the top twenty. The Italian and German demand for more Europe that resulted from the forum is interesting: more Europe for building infrastructure connections, for developing standard incentives, for standardising directives on driver licences, vehicle prerogatives, penalties and repairs. Consorzio Zai has undertaken a commitment to consolidate relations between the German and Italian freight terminals located along the Berlin-Palermo European Corridor.

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