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Dear readers, here we are publishing the eighth edition of our FERCAM Magazine, an in-depth periodical dedicated to the world of haulage and logistics within the FERCAM Group. The year 2021 opened under the banner of a new five-year strategic plan. In this context, new mission and vision statements have been drawn up, corporate values have been redefined, and development objectives have been established for each of FERCAM’s specialist divisions. We then discuss our Emission Free Delivery project, at the heart of which is FERCAM’s Rome branch, a pilot site for innovations for a greener future. In the section dedicated to our case studies you will find the testimony of AgriEuro, which has recently inaugurated a new automatic packaging line at our branch in Piacenza, and Comau, a client for almost 30 years, which has found an ally in FERCAM for the transport of its delicate machinery in absolute safety. Finally, don’t miss two interesting interviews: our A&O Director’s comment on the dynamics that have led to the current abnormal landscape in maritime transport, and an in-depth look at the recently inaugurated FERCAM Webinar format. Enjoy reading and see you in the next issue of FERCAM Magazine

Dear readers, here we are publishing the eighth edition of our FERCAM Magazine, an in-depth periodical dedicated to the world of haulage and logistics within the FERCAM Group.

The year 2021 opened under the banner of a new five-year strategic plan. In this context, new mission and vision statements have been drawn up, corporate values have been redefined, and development objectives have been established for each of FERCAM’s specialist divisions.
We then discuss our Emission Free Delivery project, at the heart of which is FERCAM’s Rome branch, a pilot site for innovations for a greener future.

In the section dedicated to our case studies you will find the testimony of AgriEuro, which has recently inaugurated a new automatic packaging line at our branch in Piacenza, and Comau, a client for almost 30 years, which has found an ally in FERCAM for the transport of its delicate machinery
in absolute safety.

Finally, don’t miss two interesting interviews: our A&O Director’s comment on the dynamics that have led to the current abnormal landscape in maritime transport, and an in-depth look at the recently inaugurated FERCAM Webinar format.

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N° 8 Year 4 June <strong>2021</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong><br />

2025 Strategy: a new five-year strategic plan,<br />

which will direct the company’s growth objectives,<br />

always under the banner of sustainability<br />

pag. 2 pag. 4 pag. 10<br />

<strong>FERCAM</strong> 2025<br />

A new five-year<br />

strategic plan<br />

EMISSION FREE DELIVERY<br />

Reduced emissions<br />

for goods distribution<br />

MARITIME TRANSPORT<br />

What is the outlook<br />

for the near future?


2 <strong>Magazine</strong><br />

Dear readers, here we are publishing the eighth edition<br />

of our <strong>FERCAM</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>, an in-depth periodical dedicated<br />

to the world of haulage and logistics within the <strong>FERCAM</strong><br />

Group.<br />

The year <strong>2021</strong> opened under the banner of a new<br />

five-year strategic plan. In this context, new mission and<br />

vision statements have been drawn up, corporate values<br />

have been redefined, and development objectives have<br />

been established for each of <strong>FERCAM</strong>’s specialist divisions.<br />

We then discuss our Emission Free Delivery project, at the<br />

heart of which is <strong>FERCAM</strong>’s Rome branch, a pilot site for<br />

innovations for a greener future.<br />

In the section dedicated to our case studies you will find<br />

the testimony of AgriEuro, which has recently inaugurated<br />

a new automatic packaging line at our branch in Piacenza,<br />

and Comau, a client for almost 30 years, which has found an<br />

ally in <strong>FERCAM</strong> for the transport of its delicate machinery<br />

in absolute safety.<br />

Finally, don’t miss two interesting interviews: our A&O<br />

Director’s comment on the dynamics that have led to the<br />

current abnormal landscape in maritime transport, and an<br />

in-depth look at the recently inaugurated <strong>FERCAM</strong> Webinar<br />

format.<br />

Enjoy reading and see you in the next issue of <strong>FERCAM</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong><br />

Andrea Boninsegna<br />

Technical-economic quarterly<br />

of logistics and transport information<br />

Registration at the Court of Bolzano n. 2952/2018 del<br />

03/08/2018<br />

Year 4 - n° 8 - June <strong>2021</strong><br />

Editor-in-Chief: Dott. Andrea Boninsegna<br />

Editorial staff: Marketing <strong>FERCAM</strong> (Eleonora Castagna, Camilla<br />

Bernardoni)<br />

Photo: <strong>FERCAM</strong> Archive<br />

Graphic: Marketing <strong>FERCAM</strong> (Maria Letizia Mastroianni)<br />

Print: Longo SpA


<strong>Magazine</strong><br />

3<br />

Our Vision<br />

To be a leading, competitive<br />

family owned logistics company.<br />

We innovate and deliver excellent<br />

logistics solutions & experiences<br />

to Customers, Employees<br />

and the Environment.<br />

Our Mission<br />

Excellent logistics<br />

enhancing good business.<br />

We provide our Customers<br />

every single day worldwide<br />

with sustainable,<br />

intelligent and reliable solutions,<br />

through a broad offer of<br />

transport and logistics services.<br />

<strong>FERCAM</strong> 2025<br />

The year <strong>2021</strong> began under the banner of a new five-year<br />

strategic plan, which will direct the company’s growth objectives,<br />

always under the banner of sustainability<br />

At <strong>FERCAM</strong> we know that the market in which we operate,<br />

characterized today more than ever by VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty,<br />

Complexity, Ambiguity) conditions, requires periodic readjustment<br />

of a precise navigational heading. The new Strategy <strong>FERCAM</strong>2025<br />

is designed to meet the challenges that the future will undoubtedly<br />

continue to hold for us. We have designed concrete actions for fully<br />

sustainable economic, human and ecological growth, which will allow<br />

us to seize every opportunity with preparation and positive energy.<br />

Reflection on the new corporate strategy was marked by the<br />

motto “simple is difficult”: getting to the essentials requires a lot of<br />

effort, but it is imperative to be able to master the complexity that<br />

surrounds us, identifying what really matters, what is worth investing<br />

our energy towards. Precisely in the name of this call for essentiality,<br />

we first worked to define our new Vision and Mission, which briefly<br />

and effectively describe who we want to be, how we imagine the<br />

<strong>FERCAM</strong> of tomorrow. We also explored the heart of our group<br />

identity to identify the 4 principles that underpin our corporate<br />

culture: Determination, Accountability, Respect and Enthusiasm.<br />

During 2020, the workgroups tasked with setting future goals<br />

quickly adapted to the conditions imposed by the health emergency.<br />

They met virtually and arrived within the established timelines to<br />

collectively draft a new plan. The Strategy <strong>FERCAM</strong>2025 is the result<br />

of the 116 hours that the teams devoted to analysis, formulation of<br />

targets and concrete actions to achieve them.<br />

The time horizon for strategic objectives is 3-5 years, as we now<br />

know that business cycles have become increasingly difficult to<br />

predict. The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to<br />

impact business dynamics and market conditions for the foreseeable<br />

future, necessitating a more agile approach to strategic planning.<br />

We are therefore embarking on this new journey together, with<br />

reference points that will help keep us on track. We at <strong>FERCAM</strong><br />

want to consolidate our successes and continue to grow, leading<br />

our company together to great results, of which we can all be proud.<br />

Through 5 specialized Divisions, the best B2B distribution network in Italy,<br />

a capillary European network and operational offices in 19 countries of<br />

the world, We at <strong>FERCAM</strong> offer a rare combination of skills and reliable<br />

and sustainable solutions, proposing ourselves as a single multi-specialized<br />

interlocutor for full load transport and special cargo, distribution services,<br />

contract logistics, sea and air transport, industrial removals, logistics for<br />

art and fairs.


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Green<br />

Emission Free Delivery<br />

The project for reduced-emission logistics and transport is the beating<br />

heart of <strong>FERCAM</strong>’s strategy for a greener future<br />

<strong>FERCAM</strong> Rome has been the subject of much talk in recent months:<br />

our office in the Capital is at the center of progress towards innovative<br />

methods for a more sustainable distribution of goods, as the pilot site<br />

of the Emission Free Delivery project. «An overall review of the fleet<br />

is planned, with the aim of substantially reducing the environmental<br />

impact of our activities», explains Dino Menichetti, Regional Manager.<br />

«Rome is the city in which we have started the pilot and we aim within<br />

2 years to carry out 100% of distribution within the “Green Belt” of<br />

the Capital with environmentally sustainable vehicles, well in advance<br />

of the targets set at the EU level».<br />

The initiative in Rome is connected to the Sustainable Urban Mobility<br />

Plan (PUMS). <strong>FERCAM</strong> sits on a permanent technical panel, Living<br />

Lab Logistica, set up by the City Council and coordinated by TRELAB,<br />

a laboratory of the University of Roma Tre, which is responsible for<br />

encouraging the introduction of the measures necessary for greener<br />

urban mobility.<br />

For <strong>FERCAM</strong>, putting environmental sustainability first means<br />

optimizing the use of energy and minimizing the environmental impact<br />

of the entire supply chain, by intervening on the fleet of vehicles, of<br />

course, but also in terms of energy optimization and contributing to<br />

the creation of a circular economic system.<br />

The entire <strong>FERCAM</strong> Rome site has therefore undergone a process of<br />

modernization in the direction of greater eco-sustainability. Menichetti<br />

tells us: «as far as the operating and storage areas are concerned, we<br />

have carried out a led relamping with movement sensors and solar<br />

dimming, we have applied anti-solar protective films to the windows<br />

and installed rapid recharge columns for electric vehicles. They will<br />

soon be self-powered, thanks to the dual 225 kWp photovoltaic system,<br />

which is currently under construction. It is estimated that the energy<br />

needs of the branch will be 90-95% satisfied by solar energy».<br />

FERAM LNG vehicle with dedicated graphics, Rome, <strong>2021</strong>


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All the materials used in the activities of the branch, from cardboard<br />

for packaging, to pallets, to the wood of the crates used to transport<br />

works of art, are introduced into a system that does not involve<br />

disposal, but rather recycling or reuse, thanks to agreements made<br />

with companies such as Mediaservice Recycling. Wood is used for the<br />

production of chipboard panels, thanks to the collaboration with the<br />

Saviola Group, which has been a leader in the circular economy sector<br />

for years and is a specialist in material recycling processes.<br />

With regard to the fleet, for urban and suburban distribution, two<br />

zero emission electric vans, three 35-tonne CNG vans and sixteen new<br />

72-tonne CNG trucks are already in use. The latter have been designed<br />

by <strong>FERCAM</strong> specifically for distribution within cities. They are smaller<br />

in size than classic truck units and have a payload five times greater<br />

than that of vans, thanks to which the overall number of vehicles on<br />

the road is reduced. «For employee mobility in urban areas, we have<br />

equipped ourselves with electric Smart cars. These environmentally<br />

friendly vehicles will allow us to carry out activities in the historic center<br />

without restrictions and also overcome parking problems, thanks to<br />

their small size. They will be particularly useful to our Fine Art team,<br />

which often has to visit museums and archaeological sites in Rome’s<br />

restricted traffic zones», Menichetti continues.<br />

For medium and long-haul routes, the replacement of diesel engines<br />

with latest generation LNG engines is underway. The first four were<br />

put into service in May and will operate on the daily Rome-Milan and<br />

Rome-Verona routes, whilst a further eight will be introduced in the<br />

coming weeks. A project is being defined to supply all vehicles with<br />

compressed and liquefied biomethane, which, considering the entire life<br />

cycle of the vehicle (LCA) and the well-to-wheel (WTW) index, makes<br />

it possible to eliminate emissions of climate-changing gases, especially<br />

CO2, in some cases even achieving a negative balance.<br />

The back of <strong>FERCAM</strong>’s new LNG vehicles is brightened by the drawings of our employees’ children and grandchildren<br />

Electric and natural gas were the first technologies that could already<br />

be implemented, but since November 2018 <strong>FERCAM</strong> was among the<br />

first Italian logistics operators to order the hydrogen version of the<br />

NIKOLA TRE. Today we know that in Europe they will be produced in the<br />

IVECO plant in ULM in three models, long-range with a range of 1448<br />

km, medium-range with a range of 800 km and for local distribution<br />

with lithium batteries and a range of 483 km.<br />

«For the Emission Free Delivery project, we are very interested<br />

in fuel cell hybrid electric vehicles because they would allow us to<br />

overcome many of the critical issues of Full Electric, in particular by<br />

increasing the range so that we could extend the use of this technology<br />

to medium and long range. In addition, we could reduce recharge<br />

times», comments the Regional Manager. The presence of photovoltaic<br />

systems would also allow us to produce the necessary hydrogen through<br />

electrolysis.<br />

To support the shift towards hydrogen, <strong>FERCAM</strong> has recently<br />

signed an agreement with the CNR-ITAE (Institute of Advanced Energy<br />

Technologies). Menichetti says: «Our contact with the Research Center<br />

came about thanks to a shipment managed by the LTL Distribution<br />

department in Rome: a hybrid electric-hydrogen bus was transported<br />

from the province of Turin to Messina on behalf of the CNR. Following<br />

this service we opened a dialogue with the Center, with a view towards<br />

developing and testing solutions for hydrogen traction».<br />

Un addetto <strong>FERCAM</strong> che carica uno dei furgoni elettrici di Roma<br />

With ITAE’s technical support, <strong>FERCAM</strong> will carry out a study<br />

project to develop prototypes of BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) and<br />

FCHEV (Full Electric Hydrogen Electric Vehicle) vehicles with a range<br />

extender approach, in which the fuel cell is used as an on-board charger<br />

to increase range, as well as the identification of energy strategies to<br />

fully exploit renewable energy sources, in particular the electricity<br />

produced by <strong>FERCAM</strong>’s photovoltaic plants, which will be stored in<br />

electrical storage systems with stationary batteries and used both<br />

to recharge electric vehicles and for the self-production of so-called<br />

“green” hydrogen, which is obtained by the electrolysis of water.<br />

Photo above and photo below, <strong>FERCAM</strong> electric van, Rome


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AgriEuro<br />

Lasting collaboration with <strong>FERCAM</strong> Logistics based on scalable<br />

customized solutions and mutual trust<br />

The story of AgriEuro begins in Spoleto over 50 years ago, with a<br />

retail store, specialized in agricultural and garden equipment. Today,<br />

thanks to the development of the e-commerce network, the small<br />

local business has been transformed into a successful global store,<br />

a reference point for thousands of farms and individuals, in Italy and<br />

abroad. «In 2007 we made a first attempt with the online store, almost<br />

for fun», says Filippo Settimi, AgriEuro’s Administrator, «but in just<br />

one year we had reached the same sales volume of the store, so we<br />

continued on this path. It was a winning bet, because as we know the<br />

e-commerce market has always continued to grow at a dizzying pace».<br />

Growth in volumes also means an increase in storage space and<br />

the need for punctual and efficient organization of shipments. In<br />

fact, a good logistics service represents an asset of fundamental<br />

importance for the correct management of remote sales activities.<br />

«We already used <strong>FERCAM</strong>’s transport service, through the Perugia<br />

office, for the shipment of bulky goods. When the need for larger<br />

spaces for logistics management became apparent, we embarked<br />

on a specific project path together. We relied on the warehouse of<br />

the Umbrian branch at first to meet our most pressing needs, and<br />

then to further expand the range of products entrusted to <strong>FERCAM</strong><br />

logistics», explains Settimi.<br />

Automated packaging line <strong>FERCAM</strong> Piacenza, view 1<br />

We know we can count on a partner capable of always finding a solution,<br />

even in the face of major complexities and if necessary, with great<br />

speed and responsiveness.<br />

In 2013 it was already clear that the investment in online trading<br />

would continue to bear fruit and that AgriEuro’s activities would<br />

require additional storage space. The development of the foreign<br />

market had also led to a further evolution in needs, resulting in the<br />

objective of moving the logistics center further north. The solution was<br />

therefore identified in the <strong>FERCAM</strong> Bologna plant, with a significant<br />

expansion of dedicated pallet storage spaces and a strategic location<br />

with respect to the main national and international connection routes.<br />

To cope with large and ever-increasing volumes, as well as<br />

unforeseeable problems linked to the COVID-19 emergency, in the<br />

spring of last year the Perugia site was then urgently reassigned to<br />

an auxiliary function. «Within a week or so we were operating not<br />

only from Bologna but also from the Umbrian warehouse», recalls<br />

Filippo Settimi, «it was a tough experience, but also a satisfaction:<br />

being able to activate a second logistics hub so quickly, during the<br />

first lockdown and therefore with great uncertainties, was not at all<br />

taken for granted».<br />

Having solved the contingent problems related to the peaks of<br />

the first phase of the pandemic, there remained the need to further<br />

expand warehouse space, together with the need to implement<br />

an automation system for packaging. An innovative project for an<br />

ecological and efficient logistics solution, which would have brought<br />

considerable added value to AgriEuro’s activities. The administrator<br />

AgriEuro ecological packaging


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Automated packaging line <strong>FERCAM</strong> Piacenza, view 2<br />

of the Spoleto Company explains: «the assembly line that we had<br />

already commissioned from the manufacturer required a suitable<br />

space for installation, which we identified in the <strong>FERCAM</strong> Piacenza<br />

facility. This is a machine that creates a custom-made cardboard<br />

package for each item that is to be shipped, including sealing it with<br />

adhesive paper tape. For items over 25kg, a pallet is also created,<br />

again using cardboard, so that it is not necessary to use a wooden<br />

one. At the end of the chain there is a sorter that divides the goods by<br />

courier and destination. The advantages are many: greater product<br />

protection, customer privacy, efficiency and drastic reduction of<br />

the possibility of error, elimination of all plastic materials. The entire<br />

packaging is 100% recyclable or biodegradable and is itself produced<br />

from recycled cardboard».<br />

At the moment, Bologna handles goods weighing over 80 kg, while<br />

the Piacenza automatic line is responsible for small to medium volume<br />

items. For the future, we are looking at essential developments of the<br />

projects already underway, as well as further expansion in terms of<br />

space, probably with the activation of a new logistics hub between<br />

Piedmont and Lombardy. On the logistics front, AgriEuro has always<br />

worked exclusively with <strong>FERCAM</strong>, finding advantages that over<br />

the years have confirmed the initial decision. «In our experience,<br />

the extreme flexibility demonstrated by <strong>FERCAM</strong> Logistics is the<br />

primary strength. We know we can count on a partner capable of<br />

always finding a solution, even in the face of major complexities and if<br />

necessary, with great speed and responsiveness. A solution coherent<br />

with the needs described, which are listened to and studied carefully<br />

by an expert team that knows how to put itself in the client’s shoes<br />

and with which it is easy to communicate. We have gone through<br />

more and less difficult moments, we have also taken risks together,<br />

but we have always believed in the projects we were working on and<br />

I believe that when you believe in things, you can see the results»,<br />

concludes Filippo Settimi.<br />

Automated packaging line <strong>FERCAM</strong> Piacenza, view 3


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Comau<br />

Above and beyond the client-supplier relationship: a long-standing<br />

shared commitment to the management of fragile goods, from<br />

transport organization to specialist advice<br />

Unloading phase<br />

The crates being loaded on the cargo flight<br />

Comau is an Italian icon in the automation scene for Industry<br />

4.0. It has been in business for over 45 years, developing systems<br />

for mechanical machining, welding systems and robotics solutions,<br />

offering innovative technologies that allow the full potential of digital<br />

manufacturing to be exploited. Founded in Grugliasco in the province<br />

of Turin, near one of the major production centers of the automotive<br />

industry, today Comau is present globally in 14 countries, with 8<br />

production plants, 7 research centers, 5 digital hubs and over 9000<br />

employees.<br />

«I personally came into contact with <strong>FERCAM</strong> almost 30 years ago»,<br />

says Claudio Antonio Rosa, EMEA Import/Export & Transportation<br />

Manager for Comau. «<strong>FERCAM</strong> operated on behalf of a large German<br />

car manufacturer, which was in turn our client. We therefore had the<br />

opportunity to see first-hand their meticulous approach, the level<br />

of service quality and vehicles used. Our machines are very precise,<br />

we are talking about tolerance levels measured in microns, so they<br />

are extremely delicate and need to be handled with great care. It is<br />

therefore of crucial importance to be able to count on a haulier that<br />

takes adequate care of their activities, in order to eliminate risks of<br />

damage or alteration to our machines».<br />

The collaboration between Comau and <strong>FERCAM</strong> has become<br />

more and more solid over the years, thanks to the precision and<br />

punctuality of transport programs, but above all to the professionalism<br />

and friendliness of the operating team.<br />

This attitude towards collaboration was particularly evident in a<br />

recent episode, when <strong>FERCAM</strong> was entrusted with solving a problem<br />

that could have prevented the delivery of goods within the timeframe<br />

agreed with the recipient client. «We had two cargo flights leaving for<br />

the USA to deliver two high-precision work stations to an important<br />

client. In a very tight schedule, close to the Easter holidays, we had<br />

to organize the transport and related procedures», explains Claudio<br />

Antonio Rosa.<br />

All materials destined for air transport are screened to exclude<br />

that they contain explosives, narcotics or other dangerous substances.<br />

Normally the packages are examined by X-ray Control Systems, but<br />

the volume of the shipment exceeded the limits for examination by<br />

this instrument. Thanks to the knowledge of <strong>FERCAM</strong>’s experts in<br />

handling both oversized cargo and air shipments, however, a substitute<br />

method of analysis was quickly organized. The alternative was to<br />

have protective agents (Guardia Giurata) intervene directly at the<br />

client’s premises to secure and seal the 30 crates during packaging<br />

operations. This procedure lasted for three days. The goods were<br />

then analyzed using a special portable detector, commonly called<br />

“Sniffer”, and the shipment was authorized in time.


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Our machines are very precise, they need to be handled with great care. It<br />

is therefore of crucial importance to be able to count on a haulier that takes<br />

adequate care of them.<br />

Left to right: Galleano Roberto,Rosa Claudio Antonio, Biccarino Giuseppe, Sartoris Paolo.<br />

Rosa continues: «Comau is structured to handle complex issues<br />

in a short timeframe. In spite of this, <strong>FERCAM</strong>’s professionals were<br />

really helpful to us». The <strong>FERCAM</strong> team promptly interacted with the<br />

SAGAT airport personnel, quickly locating the Surveillance Institute<br />

(Istituto di Vigilanza) that could provide this service and managing<br />

the road transport from the plant to the airport. The vehicles were<br />

accompanied by armed escorts, necessary to keep the security chain<br />

intact according to Italian Civil Aviation Authority (Ente Nazionale<br />

per l’Aviazione Civile) specifications.<br />

At the base of this shared success is undoubtedly the trust that<br />

the Piedmontese company has placed in the <strong>FERCAM</strong> team, which<br />

has thus been able to move with the necessary flexibility and speed,<br />

adapting its solutions to the contingent needs. Claudio Antonio Rosa<br />

concludes: «the partnership with <strong>FERCAM</strong> is a good one. In the future<br />

we could also evaluate the use of other services in addition to road<br />

transport».<br />

The employees will securing the crates for loading on the plane


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Maritime transport<br />

The situation is still abnormal, but what is<br />

expected in the near future?<br />

Above: Containers in the port of Genoa<br />

Below: Port of Genoa, sea view.<br />

Over the last year, the maritime transport sector has gone through<br />

a phase of considerable change, as well as difficulties linked to the<br />

considerable increase in freight rates and the shortage of equipment.<br />

These are consequences of the policies adopted by shipowners who<br />

have reduced hold capacity by 30-40% compared to current boarding<br />

requirements, despite the fact that in the first half of <strong>2021</strong> there has been<br />

a marked recovery in volumes compared to the period at the beginning<br />

of the pandemic. To better understand these dynamics, we asked some<br />

questions to Jury Michelozzi, Director of <strong>FERCAM</strong> Air & Ocean.<br />

What have been the main impacts of the pandemic<br />

on the maritime sector?<br />

At the beginning of the emergency, we saw an almost total blockage<br />

of activities in territories close to the heart of the pandemic, namely<br />

China, particularly with regard to exports to all foreign markets.<br />

As a result, there was a very significant reduction in volumes of<br />

global trade. This led shipowners to greatly reduce their hold, with<br />

a consequent increase in freight rates.<br />

Although maritime traffic subsequently resumed progressive<br />

growth, shipowners’ activities continued along the same strategic<br />

lines. In correspondence with a gradual growth in demand, the<br />

continuing reduction in hold capacity has thus led to heavy congestion<br />

in ports. The imbalance with respect to regular activities has also<br />

caused alterations in the normal flow of container rotation, of which<br />

there has been a shortage at crucial junctions.<br />

The Suez accident caused further delays and difficulties in supply.<br />

Once the canal was unblocked, we therefore saw ports become further<br />

congested, with long waiting times for ships to dock.<br />

What is the outlook for the near future?<br />

Maritime transport is THE international transport modality par<br />

excellence: in the EU, almost 90% of trade with non-EU countries is<br />

carried out by sea. The situation will undoubtedly normalize, although<br />

perhaps according to new parameters of normality, but the question<br />

remains as to when this adjustment will come into effect.<br />

In all likelihood, however, it will be necessary for companies to<br />

set aside a larger budget for managing shipments, albeit in the hope<br />

that the trend in freight rates will be reversed.<br />

Relying on an experienced team for transportation planning will<br />

be even more relevant, to better streamline transportation activities<br />

and react promptly to further changes. Integrated, flexible solutions<br />

and a trusted logistics consultant can make a real difference.<br />

What happened as a result of the blockage of the<br />

Suez Canal?<br />

As the Chinese New Year approached, port congestion and<br />

rising freight costs reached peaks not seen in the last decade. The<br />

phenomenon continued until the beginning of the Ramadan period.<br />

Both occurrences already normally lead to alterations in traffic flows<br />

and transport costs, which this year in particular have had a negative<br />

impact on an already compromised situation.


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<strong>FERCAM</strong> Webinar<br />

Silvia Pedrotti, Event Manager, tells us about the new format for a<br />

series of virtual seminars, dedicated to recommendations for our<br />

Clients and trends in the logistics and transport sector<br />

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WEBINAR<br />

ALTERNATIVE TRACTION:<br />

ELECTRIC VS HYDROGEN<br />

Banner for the webinar “<strong>FERCAM</strong> sustainable logistics” part 1<br />

Why were these seminars launched in a digital<br />

format?<br />

Firstly, because <strong>FERCAM</strong> believes in the value of exchanging<br />

opinions and sharing knowledge as an engine for development.<br />

Secondly, these are opportunities for training on new developments<br />

and in-depth analysis of issues related to our sector, as well as<br />

events where we can update the public on our projects and relevant<br />

collaborations that will define our future growth.<br />

Although we believe that face-to-face events can offer truly<br />

relevant opportunities to meet, the new digital platforms used for<br />

virtual events are designed specifically to be interactive: in addition<br />

to attending the virtual presentation as a spectator, the user has the<br />

opportunity to ask questions to speakers, to intervene in person<br />

during the event and to interact with other participants. One of the<br />

main advantages is the possibility to avoid travel, with a considerable<br />

saving of time and more opportunities to participate in different<br />

conferences.<br />

Will there be more <strong>FERCAM</strong> webinars?<br />

Given the great participation and strong interest in the topics<br />

covered and the positive feedback received, we are excited to continue<br />

with other <strong>FERCAM</strong>-branded virtual seminars. The format had some<br />

good surprises in store for us as well: thanks to the active participation<br />

of the connected users, we received not only useful advice on how<br />

to improve our presentation methods, but above all, ideas on topics<br />

of particular interest that we intend to address in the future.<br />

To stay up to date on our webinars or to catch up on those you<br />

were unable to follow live, please visit the dedicated section on our<br />

website.<br />

Which topics were covered in the webinars and why?<br />

<strong>FERCAM</strong> realized the urgency, on the part of established and<br />

potential customers, to address certain issues and receive useful<br />

answers for their businesses. That’s why we inaugurated a series of<br />

interventions dedicated to two distinct thematic areas.<br />

The first series of webinars is dedicated to Sustainable Logistics<br />

and Green Economy. The first two events saw the participation of<br />

IVECO Italia and CNR, who joined us to update participants on the<br />

panorama of new technologies in the transport sector, with a focus on<br />

plug-in electric and fuel cell powered commercial vehicles. <strong>FERCAM</strong>’s<br />

constant commitment and investment in ecology was emphasized,<br />

informing connected users about its increasingly eco-friendly fleet of<br />

vehicles and its partnership with Biogas Wipptal for the production<br />

of BioLNG.<br />

Andrea Boninsegna and Silvia Pedrotti during the last <strong>FERCAM</strong> webinar dedicated to Brexit<br />

A second series of webinars is tied instead to the topic of Brexit.<br />

Given the confusion related, first, to the possibility of a Hard Brexit<br />

and then to the “last minute” agreement signed between the UK and<br />

the EU just at the end of the year, <strong>FERCAM</strong> experts offered their<br />

technical support in customs matters. Thanks to the participation<br />

of specialized consultants, doubts regarding the customs clearance<br />

of goods and the necessary documentation, the correct procedures<br />

and codes to be used and the updated Incoterms agreements were<br />

clarified.<br />

Banner for the webinar “Brexit Explained.” part 3.


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Clean,<br />

smarter logistics.<br />

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39100 Bolzano - Via Marie Curie, 2<br />

Phone. 0471 530000 - Fax 0471 530512<br />

info@fercam.com - www.fercam.com<br />

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