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  • We are aware of the Aflas Prize 2017, what would it mean for the port of La Spezia to get this award?

The Port Authority and all the port community of La Spezia were very proud last year about the nomination of La Spezia at the Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) Award in the category "Best Container terminal in Europe". All the port and logistics operators and customers supported with their votes and there was a great cooperation among all of them. La Spezia's network was very strong in supporting the challenge.

  • Your application is also supported by the presence among the finalists in the category "Best container terminal in Europe", demonstrating how much the La Spezia system as a whole has acquired a primary importance as a European gateway in the trade between Asia and Europe. Do you want to tell us something about it?

The AFLAS award "Best Container Terminal in Europe" was won last year by La Spezia Container Terminal. The award is the recognition of La Spezia container port at international level reflecting the role of the port as the southern gateway for cargo from Asia to Europe thanks to weekly maritime services, efficient rail connections and innovative solutions for faster customs procedures. Thanks to this award, the port of La Spezia has the opportunity to highlight at international level the key points of its success: the efficiency in port operations, the excellent rail connections to the Italian and European markets, the single governance of the three stations included in the port rail network, the Customs Single Window area in the dry port of Santo Stefano Magra, the pre-clearing and fast corridors procedures that allow to speed up the customs operations and controls on goods, contributing to the reduction of the average container transit time.

  •  On the other hand, regarding the European railway freight corridors, what do you think about the ScanMed RFC role for the Port of La Spezia?

The port of La Spezia has an important role in the ScanMed rail freight corridor, due to its performance in rail transport (33% of the total container volume is moved by rail). In 2017 the port of La Spezia achieved the best performance in terms of total throughput (1,5 Million of TEUs, + 14% compared to 2016) and number of trains (7,500 trains)  to/from the port. The ScanMed corridor is the rail link for the hinterland connections specifically to the inland terminals located in Bologna, Verona, Padova. The rail link La Spezia-Parma could be the direct route to Verona/Brennero but the infrastructure is not compliant with the customers needs in terms of length of trains and maximum axial weight. In this respect the optimization of the rail link is a priority for La Spezia in order to meet the future container traffic expected to be moved by the port (2 million of TEUs of total throughput, 50% by rail) The rail services to/from Milan are performed on La Spezia- Genoa - Milan route, passing through part of the Rhine Alpine Corridor.

  •   What are your future expectations regarding the Corridor? Any proposal as a partner of the Corridor?

The port of La Spezia and the rail operators are cooperating in the “Pilot for a Coordination between RFC and Terminals & Ports”. We would support further initiatives focused on the integrations between port/terminals and Corridor. As client of the corridor we need the upgrading of the rail performance, in terms of length, loading gauge, maximum axial weight. We need also to speed up the development and use of new technologies for a modern and competitive rail network, specifically in the last mile connection. As Port Authority we are working for the interoperability of IT platforms related to the rail transport at national and international level for sharing information with the Port Community System in order to plan the shunting operations in the best way. We think that the future challenge of the RFC will be the improvement of the efficiency of the last mile connection between port/terminal and Corridor.

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Waiting for...ScanMed's Spring Customer Workshop

ScanMed RFC is pleased to invite Railway Undertakings, Terminals, Ports and End Users to its third Spring Customer Workshop that will take place on May 29th, from 09:00 to 17:45 in Naples, in the premises of the National Railway Museum.

In 2016, we dedicated our efforts to define a common strategy and in 2017 to explore the Corridor expected role as Facilitator along the logistic chain. In 2018, we will concentrate our workshop on consolidating the opened path(s).

We expect this workshop to be as interactive as possible, in order to improve a customer journey and ScanMed's simplicity and reliability.

Registrations are expected by e-mail to Antonia Recchia (

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Test with us our new short term ad hoc offer!

Dear Customer,

We listened to your feedback. Timetables for international ad-hoc traffic are often not well harmonized: border times might differ between the Infrastructure Managers, stops at border stations might be long, timetables might be incomplete or overlapping... For these reasons, many of you asked for a corridor service facilitating quick and coordinated timetables for short-term traffic. We have followed your request!

Starting 5th February, we are officially launching our Short-term Reserve Capacity Pilot. The Pilot enables you the request of international coordinated timetables at a short-notice, by using PCS.

We aim at improving the quality of the timetables and reducing the response time.

This is what you need to consider:

  • Our for short-term Reserve Capacity TT2018 is marked in PCS as RFC03adhoc01, RFC03adhoc02 etc.
  • The number of Dossiers published in PCS is not an indication of the available capacity for the Pilot. New Dossiers can be daily uploaded into PCS as soon as the published capacity was used and as long as capacity is still available at the Infrastructure Managers
  • Only the corridor sections and the standard parameters are published in PCS. The times of the timetable are flexible - It is up to you to decide which times suit you best
  • We will construct the international timetable and provide you with the offer as soon as possible (There are no fixed deadlines but we aim at being quicker than the individual Infrastructure Managers)
  • We start the Pilot by enabling requests for spot-traffic only (one train / one day). Depending on the results of the Pilot, the corridor service might be extended
  • Exceptional transports cannot be accepted
  • Only requests with forward construction can be dealt with
  • Only requests placed in PCS can be taken into consideration for the Pilot
  • The function “pre-accepted offer” should be selected in PCS when creating the Dossier
  • Following Infrastructure Managers are part of the Pilot: Banedanmark, DB Netz, ÖBB Infra, RFI
  • You will get your final offer via PCS

Have we triggered your interest ? Please contact your C-OSS for support and more details.


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Our PaP-Catalogue and Corridor Information Document 2019 are published!

Dear Customers,

we are pleased to announce that our PaP-Offer for TT 2019 is now published and accessible in PCS as well as on our Customer Information Platform, together with our Corridor Information Document.

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Information on Brenner closure until 4th January

Due to the derailment of a freight train between Brenner and Steinach (among Gries and St. Jodok) on the evening of 22 December, the line is currently completely closed.

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... Andrea Marco Penso, Business Development, DB Cargo Italia S.r.l.


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October 25th 2017: RAG TAG Meeting

Following a fruitful meeting in Malmö, the Corridor looks forward to welcoming the Advisory Groups Railway Undertakings (RAG) and Terminals (TAG) on 25th October from 09h45 to 16h00 in Verona

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April 11th 2017: Multi-corridor view as a new functionality in the Customer Information Platform

The takeover of the Customer Information Platform (CIP) by RailNetEurope (RNE) and its rollout to six participating Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs) made it possible for the CIP to become a multi-corridor tool providing harmonised information processes. This included the possibility for users to navigate easily between the information for individual RFCs displayed on the CIP.

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