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31/10/2012
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF TRANSPORT

The registration of heavy vehicles in Italy was negative for the entire six months of 2012, confirmation of the downward trend of the previous six months, when registrations dropped by over -40% in April and May 2012.

Paolo Castiglia

THE BANKING TRIBULATIONS of companies in the “transport and warehousing” sector, with doubts about the collectability of credit, have increased by 34% in one year and now exceed 2.4 billion euros. If we consider the period from the first quarter of 2009 to the first quarter of 2012, the increase is 149%. This drastic information, the sign of a grave crisis, is part of an in-depth Report on the economic situation for the first six months of 2012 prepared by the Study Centre at Confetra, one of the major associations representing transport and logistics. The Report is an analysis of the goods transport supply chain and the data confirm the sector’s negative trend in volumes and revenues. Road transport operators working nationally lose a larger share of traffic than international operators. In general, the results in the Report confirm ISTAT data on Italy’s international trading that for a year has shown a downturn in imports but a continuing positive trend for exports.
The registration of heavy vehicles in Italy was negative for the entire six months of 2012, confirmation of the downward trend of the previous six months, when registrations dropped by over -40% in April and May 2012.
Volumes and revenues for goods traffic in Italy fell compared to the first six months of 2011. The slowdown in business that began in the middle of last year has continued. With regard to road transport, the international segment has remained fairly stable with a slight loss in traffic and revenues (-0.5%), but national operators lost a significant share of traffic (-4%) and revenues (-5%). There was a strong downturn also in air transport (-5.8%), which is affected by the slowdown in economic growth in Asia. Maritime transport recorded a recovery in RO-RO traffic thanks to the resumption of traffic with North Africa that was interrupted due to the uprisings last spring.
The difference between international and national traffic is even more obvious in the courier sector: international operators had positive results for traffic (+2%) and revenues (+1%), but those for national couriers fell in both cases (-2% traffic; -3% revenues). Air cargo closed the six months with a considerable reduction of -5.8%, which was also the consequence of a slowdown in economic growth in Asia.
As mentioned above, the trend for maritime traffic was negative with regard to TEU (-5.1%) and bulk (-3.0%) cargoes, but RO-RO transport increased slightly by 0.8%. The port of Naples holds the record for recovery in RO-RO traffic, with a surprising increase of 77.1%. The collapse of  transhipment in Taranto (-61.7%), which lost Evergreen traffic, coincides with an increase in container traffic at Genoa (+12.8%), also for Hamburg Süd’s reefer sector, and at Trieste (+18.5%). The rail sector continues to lose traffic (-4.8%) which confirms the crisis in the sector’s structure.

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