La Spezia container terminal seeks Asian partners

Italy’s gateway container terminal in La Spezia, operated by the Contship Italia Group is set to embark upon on a tour of strategic supply-chain hubs in Asia.

Contship’s senior management will visit key cities in China – Shanghai, Dalian and Shenzhen to promote La Spezia Homeport as the gateway to Italy and the markets of South and Central Europe. They will conclude their tour with a visit to Taiwan.

This is the first visit to Asia undertaken by the Contship team since La Spezia Container Terminal won “Best Container Terminal – Europe” at the 2017 Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards (AFLAS) held in Singapore, in June this year.

The primary objective of this tour in October is to engage with major stakeholders in Chinese and Taiwanese cargo and supply-chain hubs, hosting various presentations and networking events across three cities, to promote the benefits of La Spezia Homeport and Contship’s integrated “port-to-door” offer.

Peter Hill, Commercial Director at Contship Italia Group, who is leading the delegation, said: “Following on from our success of our win as Europe’s leading container terminal at the AFLAS awards ceremony, we want to continue to demonstrate how La Spezia’s connectivity can “Bring the Ship to your Factory”. This is the right time for a regional tour of crucial cargo hubs in Asia, which is an important market for Contship. It will give us the opportunity to meet and engage with stakeholders in the industry and solidify new relationships in this important trade-lane.”

Cecilia Eckelmann-Battistello, Contship Italia’s Group President noted, “Building business relationships in China and Taiwan is very important for Contship Italia as we aim to be closer to our valued clients and partners in a region which is today, the driver of world trade.”

She added, “In the past few years, Contship Italia has evolved with a range of fully integrated products including innovative and more efficient processes such as the customs fast-corridors and pre-clearing options, which have contributed to our competitiveness as a container logistics operator in the regional as well as global arena.”

The Contship team will tour Shanghai, Dalian, Shenzhen and then Taipei from October 23 to 27. Meetings and presentations with clients and partners will take place by invitation.