Salerno, Italy (PortSEurope) February 14, 2019 – Salerno port’s ro-ro traffic declined by 5% to 7.73 million units in 2018, down from 8.175 million in the previous year.
“In the first two months of last year, our port actually lost 16.16% of its ro-ro traffic. The closing figure, which stands at -5%, shows that the trend is improving and this will continue in 2019,” Domenico De Rosa, managing director of the Smet Group, a leading European company in the integrated logistics sector, said.
According to De Rosa, the reasons for the decline are multiple and complex. “I think they are due to a particular geopolitical contingency: the tariff war has certainly not favored the free circulation of goods and has slowed down the export activity”.
The companies in the sector expect that the launch of the special economic zone (ZES) in the region of Campania will give a strong impetus to the real economy of southern Italy, while the dredging of Salerno port will allow the handling of bigger ships, opening new business opportunities, De Rosa said.
Source: Messaggero Marittimo
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