Relations between the Port of Genoa, Interporto Padova and the Port of Guangzhou, the southern Chinese city known in Europe as Canton, are becoming ever more intense. After the visit to the Port of Genoa and Interporto Padova by the leaders of the Chinese port at the end of September, highlighting the Asian operators’ interest in the integrated port-interport system active between Genoa and Padua, linked by a number of intermodal trains per day, an Italian delegation flew to China from 10 to 14 October in a return visit and also to take part in the Shenzhen logistics Exhibition.
The Italian mission was made up of the Western Ligurian Sea Port System Authority, Genoa City Council, Interporto Padova, Cisco, PSA Genoa Pra’, Zenatech, Spediporto and Genova Packaging.
The visit enabled the Italian organisations to present themselves to logistics and business operators from the great Bay Area of China, one of the People’s Republic’s most industrialised regions (accounting for 4% of the population, but producing 9% of Chinese GDP). In a statement to the NSA Agency, Silvio Ferrando, Marketing and International Business Manager of the Western Ligurian Sea Port System Authority, emphasised: “The number of Chinese ports make us feel small, but the Guangzhou delegation is discovering and greatly appreciating the complexity and variety offered by our ports.” There is also interest in the opportunities Green Logistics Expo can offer Chinese operators.
Green Logistics Expo is in fact currently involved in a number of initiatives to valorise these strong points of the Italian port and interport system which handles more than €250 billion in maritime imports/exports a year and can count on a network of freight hubs, five of which are stably among the leading ten at European level, enabling it to offer a vast and far-reaching system of structures and services to the logistics sector.