Daher (Assologistica): “Italy must invest in agri-food production. This is the only way to beat competition”.
INVESTMENTS and planning. According to Jean-François Daher, the Secretary General of Assologistica, “Italy must invest in its agri-food production system because this is the only way that it can beat the competition from abroad.”
He added: “Refrigerated logistics is one of the most important elements in the development of this sector, especially if we look at the many challenges that Italian operators are dealing with on the technology side of the reefer sector.”
The Secretary General of Assologistica continued, “So far, one of Italy’s limitations has been an inability to work as a network. We have excellent agri-food products, companies, warehouses and facilities that are often cutting edge, but which too often have trouble talking to each other.” Assologistica – which groups together logistics companies, general and refrigerated warehouses, and port, freight village and airport terminal operators – now represents more than 250 companies operating in Italy with a total of 70,000 direct and indirect employees, 22 million sqm of covered indoor areas, 4.5 million cubic metres of cold storage, and 60 million sqm of inland and maritime terminals.
“After a few years of downturn,” Daher explains, “our country is finally emerging from the economic crisis and it’s doing so in this sector as well. Italy’s fruit and vegetable exports, which have always been in demand all over the world, are an important national interest. Our ports and port facilities have been able to distribute these goods but it is necessary to further increase efficiency and improve delivery timeframes for product delivery where possible.”
“After years of delays and vacillation,” the Secretary General concluded, “the political world now seems to have understood the importance of having a strong and integrated logistical system to support its economy. The ports – which are the main centres through which goods entering and leaving Italy pass – will have to be connected with roads, railways, freight villages, logistical centres and so on. The delays that have long affected the distribution of products have in fact caused hundreds of millions of euros in losses over the past few years for our companies operating in this sector.”
Source: The Medi Telegraph