Italy’s La Spezia Container Terminal begins new phase of engagement in Asia supply chain hubs

Senior executives from Italy's La Spezia Container Terminal - owned by Contship Italia Group - are set to return to Asia to continue to convey the message in key East Asian cargo hubs about La Spezia Homeport as the gateway to Italy and the markets of South & Central Europe.

The events in China and South Korea in May follow on from a highly successful tour of key supply chain hubs by the operator in Greater China and Singapore last year.

A report by Drewry* last month confirmed that La Spezia Homeport provided the best average transit times for maritime cargo on the Shanghai-Mediterranean route, with just 27 days for 2M, O3 and CKYHE alliances. The scheduled arrival of the Hanjn Buddha on 8 May will provide further impetus with an improved transit time of just 25 days from Shanghai to Italian markets.

The purpose of the visit in May, which will include by-invitation presentation and networking events for top supply chain professionals in Ningbo and Qingdao on 10 and 11 May, and in Seoul on 12 May, is to engage with logistics providers, freight forwarders and manufacturers and raise awareness of the benefits of La Spezia Homeport as Asia's premier cargo gateway to Italy and Southern and Central Europe.

"We emerged from last year's successful tour, which took in Singapore, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Shanghai, with a deeper understanding of the needs and requirements of the supply chain in those areas, and we will add new material and raise new questions with participants." said Michael Cashman, Commercial Director of Contship Italia Group Maritime Terminals. "We now head to Ningbo, Qingdao and Seoul to introduce the alternative route and efficient end-to-end options we provide for Asia-Italy and South Europe cargo."

Cecilia Eckelmann-Battistello, President of Contship Italia, which operates six container terminals in the Mediterranean, will again lead the delegation.

"Last year, we engaged with Asia's shippers and pipeline seniors about our uniquely expedient, privately owned intermodal connections for turnaround and onward movement of cargo into Italy and beyond," said Ms Eckelmann-Battistello. "That was Stage One. Now we return for Stage Two, in other principal areas of cargo concentration, to continue what we started, as we promised we would." she confirmed.

Contship is promoting La Spezia Container Terminal as the premier gateway to Italy and South & Central Europe to leading players in Asia's supply chain sector.

"Our series of regional presentations and networking events for personally invited decision makers in the logistics and supply chain sectors, is a vital investment of our time," she added. "It is the best way to convey what we have to offer, not through marketing or advertising, but through face to face dialogue with the people we are asking to trust us with their business."

Source: Contship Italia Group

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