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Italian Northeast to Serbia: A New Rail Freight Corridor Emerges

Italian Northeast to Serbia: A New Rail Freight Corridor Emerges
photo: Northeast to Serbia: A New Rail Freight Corridor Emerges
20 / 09 / 2023

In an endeavour to enhance trade and infrastructure development between Italy and Serbia, a new rail freight corridor is set to be inaugurated by the end of September. This corridor will stem from the Cervignano Intermodal Terminal, a strategic point located just 60 kilometres away from the prominent port of Trieste.

This corridor initiative is not only a conduit for the transportation of products from Italy's Friuli Venezia Giulia region, vital for Serbia's ongoing civil construction projects. Besides bolstering bilateral trade, the corridor emerges as an alternative route, adeptly sidestepping the war-affected zones in Ukraine, as highlighted by Cristina Amirante, the regional councillor for Infrastructure and Territory.

The launch of new rail connections between the Cervignano del Friuli Interport and Serbia opens a new door to our region regarding its ability to be a strategic logistics hub in Europe. The Italian-Serbian corridor will have positive repercussions both in trade relations with Eastern Europe and in the efficiency of goods transport, giving the possibility of avoiding the passage through Ukraine which is currently at war. An important experiment, in concert with a country with which the production companies located in Friuli Venezia Giulia already have important exchange relationships, in particular in the export of the manufacturing sector,commented Cristina Amirante.

The unveiling of this ambitious project took place on 15 September in Capriva del Friuli, attended by eminent figures such as Luca Ciriani of the Italian Ministry for Relations with the Parliament and Serbia's Secretary of State, Mihajlo Mišić. Beyond immediate logistical benefits, the corridor's alignment with the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) solidifies its prominence on the Mediterranean Corridor, bridging Italy and Serbia through Croatia's capital, Zagreb. With Serbia expressing keen interest in joining the European Union, such infrastructural advancements underscore the fostering of closer European ties and collaborations.