Cold chain management is one of the most important aspects of the agro-food supply chain. Livorno knows this well.

At Fruit Logistica 2020 in Berlin, Livorno’s port community presented itself in full, putting its expertise to the best use and, above all, its ability to make the most of the port’s infrastructures.

Darsena Toscana Terminal is equipped with over 860 sockets for reefer container storage; Livorno Reefer Terminal, alongside the industrial canal, has a surface area of 11 thousand square meters; the Vespucci freight village houses 4,500 thousand square meters of refrigerated warehouses plus another 2000 square meters under construction and a number of freight forwarding agencies .

These are the assets which Livorno port can count on, and thanks to which, over time, solid business relations have been established.

This is where the Livorno Cold Chain concept comes from: “All the actors in the cold chain are able to operate in perfect synergy, allowing clients to enjoy an integrated service.” GIP’s commercial director, Massimiliano Cozzani, said.

In short, there are no interruptions or inefficiencies linked to communication problems between the actors involved: “This is our strong point,” continues Cozzani.

And this is not a foregone conclusion: “In many other realities the cold chain is managed by operators who have to use other logistics partners to support the distribution network. In Livorno we already manage to integrate different logistics functions, ranging from transport to warehouse and order management”.

In 2018 Livorno handled a total of over 60 thousand refrigerated containers (worth almost 14% of the total number of full containers loaded and unloaded from the port). The goal is to achieve new results thanks to the potential of the Tuscan Port Community System (PCS), the digital platform developed by the Port Network Authority that now allows institutions and all players in the logistics chain to communicate with each other in real time: the strengthening of the PCS and the consequent digitalization of the cold chain (with innovative solutions in the field of tracking and IOT) could open up new horizons in terms of the efficiency of customer services.

From this point of view, Berlin’s Fruit Logistica represents a fundamental starting point for Livorno to launch a new model of cold chain management. If well begun is half done, it is very likely that Livorno Cold Chain can soon become a case study: good ideas germinate and grow rapidly. Soon we will be able to assess whether they have borne fruit.