Trieste, Italy (PortSEurope) February 5, 2019 – Italy’s Trieste port plans to officially open its free trade zone, named FREEeste, on February 13, the president of Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Orientale (AdSP – Eastern Adriatic Sea Port Authority), Zeno D’Agostino, said.
To date, even before the official opening, 37,000 tons of goods have been moved.
Owned by Interporto di Trieste, the site is already operational and includes an area of 240,000 m², of which 74,000 m² are covered, and includes a railway connection with the station of Aquilinia
The zone is the result of an agreement between Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Orientale (AdSP – Eastern Adriatic Sea Port Authority), the Prefecture of Trieste, the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, the Municipalities of Trieste and San Dorligo della Valle and the Local Economic Development Consortium of the Giuliana area.
FREEeste, this is the name of the initiative, takes shape in the structures purchased by the Interporto di Trieste from Wärtsila Italia in December 2017, with a total investment of about 21 million euros.
A part of the covered areas will be equipped as a refrigerated warehouse with an initial availability of 2,000 pallet places, for the export of regional products and for the import of perishable products distributed throughout Europe. The next step will make the railway sector operational.
The area is already equipped with an internal railway connection, which will be refurbished and connected to the station of Aquilinia through a 2 km link road belonging to COSELAG (Consortium of Local Economic Development of the Giuliana Area). Reactivation work at the Aquilinia station, on the other hand, will be carried out by RFI (Italian railway network), with an investment of around €17 million ($19.39 million).
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