It can take up to 17 days to transport goods by truck on the Italy-China route. Until now, the logistics operator Fercam has shipped such cargoes mainly by plane or ship. But changes were inevitable.
The transport of medical products, but also components for the automotive and electrical industries manufactured in China will be carried out by land.
This proved necessary because the coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on the organisation of global supply chains.
With the growing demand for transport from China, where production has been slowly resuming since the last few weeks, air freight rates have started to rise, mainly due to the lack of available cargo planes and a large number of orders,” Hans Splendori, Sales Manager at FTL Fercam Division, explains on aircargoitaly.com.
At the same time, he points out that the intermodal service is currently subject to very long booking times (due to the limited number of carriers) and that maritime transport is very time-consuming, which for some products excludes it completely.
Loads (carried by trucks – editorial note) pass through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland and go to Germany, from where they are directed to Italy. There, in turn, customs clearance takes place,” explains Splendori, quoted by trasportoeuropa.it.
According to the Italian media, the first customers have already expressed interest in this alternative to existing forms of transport.