What kind of business are you in, and how are prospects for the current year looking?
«2B Forwarding is born of a passion, of a family tradition, of a continual process of training at the highest levels, and these have allowed the company to fulfil its ultimate goal: professionalism, in the service of others. Our company deals in International Shipping, offering Customs Services across all of its most important and innovative facets, from handling Customs Litigation with Italy’s Customs and Monopolies Agency, and the various Tax Commissions, to obtaining Customs Authorizations through the EU Trader Portal».
Currently, how does being a competitive business play out for those working in the logistics sector?«In a global economy that seems to benefit the really big players, to the detriment of SMEs, rather than “competitiveness” I think we should be talking about “resilience”; we have to be able to offer a different, innovative and exclusive service-experience, one that makes our business stand out as unique. Only in this regard can a future for our business be assured, so 2B Forwarding is guided by precisely that principle».
You have recently been elected President of the newly-established Young People Group at Fedespedi: will you be carrying over this idea of innovation being essential into your mandate there?
«Certainly. The Young Group at Fedespedi - Italy’s Federation of International Shipping Companies - of which I have the honour to have been elected President, was born precisely with the aim of making innovative contributions to our professional category, in terms of content, points of view and perspectives. It’s the realization of the forward-looking ideas of Fedespedi President Silvia Moretto, in conjunction with the enthusiasm of a large group of young entrepreneurs, who engage with the field of International Forwarding on a daily basis, as well as my own personal support for the project, which I am sure will be a success».
What is your opinion on Italian ports?
«Unfortunately we suffer from a series of infrastructural shortcomings, not strictly attributable to the ports themselves, which impact the efficiency of Italy’s ports. I’m referring, for instance, to what happened in Genoa with the Morandi bridge: a vital transport artery interrupted by a tragedy that has stirred the hearts and minds of all Italians, and which has led to catastrophic consequences in terms of cargo handling within the Port of Genoa. The same thing is happening at Gioia Tauro, which in the recent past ranked among the EU’s top 10 ports in terms of throughput, and which is currently at least 10 positions behind; what used to be a strategic port for Italy, reduced to being a kind of “white elephant project”, due to the absence of adequate road or rail networks».
What do you think of the network linking Italy’s ports, railways and manufacturing centres?
«This is the thing: in Italy we truly have an “Infrastructural Deficit” to tackle. Intermodality remains largely an unrealized project. Due to its marked manufacturing differences between the North and the South, Italy’s entire industrial complex would be able to really take off if only it could rely on sound transport links between ports, airports, inland ports; unfortunately no truly viable and effective ones exist, nationwide».
The New Silk Road (Belt and Road) is considered by many observers to be the fastest way out of a crisis that has lasted for over a decade. Do you agree?
«I do agree, as long as Italy doesn’t just play a passive role and becomes a leading player in the process of global trade integration that will result from such an extensive trade channel with the Far East opening up. In this whole process, it’s up to the country’s institutions to create the legislative and economic framework to allow the private sector to take an active part in this endeavour».