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03 June 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 05:21 GMT+2

April 28, 2020

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Freight Leaders Council calls for the start of a "phase 3" to boost logistics competitiveness

Urging the government to speed up the implementation of measures, developed with a clear and shared method

If the Italian government outlined last Sunday the "phase two" for the containment of the Covid-19 pandemic, i.e. new measures to address the health crisis from next May 4th an easing of the restrictions on mobility and current activities, the national logistics sector needs to start urgently towards a "phase three."

Massimo Marciani, the president of Freight Leaders, supports it Council, the association between logistics companies, according to which, "Logistics, which has never stopped, needs to quickly enter step 3. By nature - he explained - this industry moves in international contexts where competition in recent years it has been very hard. Our companies have learned to manage it, so much so that before the crisis, the sector saw remarkable glimmers of recovery. Now that Italy has discovered the centrality of this activity, fundamental for industries, Made in Italy, but also for the citizens' daily lives, we need to look at the new normal service. Make it resilient, helping it take a step forward through the digitization of processes and the streamlining paperwork. Companies - has pointed out Marciani -- are ready to do their part, but the government should speed up the implementation of measures, designed with a clear and shared method, aimed at zeroing out the competitive gap that's starting to become apparent with other European countries that are already starting the shooting or that have only stopped partially activities.'

The association pointed out that "logistics is suffering and is in danger of stepping back, losing competitiveness, in phase 2 that will open from the next May 4. Methodological confusion, difficulty interpretation of the rules, uncertainty about the rules, lack of coordination at the territorial level, but above all a restart economic and territorial asymmetrical - denounced the Freight Leaders Council - risking a definitive sector.' The association has made it clear that it is a suffering that "rests on a loss of flows ranging from 30 90 percent (based on the supply chain) and economic difficulties related to the liquidity crisis and that "this situation is likely to get worse because of asymmetry with which the different European states are facing restart."

"It would be enough to make it clear," Marciani remarked - behavioural protocols in different contexts, ad hoc controls, to get the sector back on track and give Made in Italy's ability to have comprehensive services disposition to reach the rest of the world, as well as the entire Italian territory. It is imperative that the government share a metric and evaluation method with the sector effectiveness of the interventions he planned. The risk is Italian logistics takes a step back by affecting the competitiveness of the entire national economic system.'

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