Fresh Food Corridors has departed: the first sustainable reefer container from Middle East to Northern Europe
This preliminary action of the first of three corridors pilots that will be implemented in the coming months, is scheduled under the Fresh Food Corridors initiative, a project co-financed by the European Union (Connecting Europe Facility - Transport Program), aiming to establish innovative logistics chains for perishable goods that will link the Middle East countries with the main Central European markets via 3 Mediterranean core ports: Venice, Koper and Marseille (plus a feasibility study via the port of La Spezia and Cyprus).
The project will create an integrated platform to coordinate the transportation of reefer containers along the whole logistics chain, connecting the Motorways of the Sea coming from non-EU countries with the railway connections from the three Mediterranean ports to the inland market of Central Europe. For this objective, the project will approach also ICT solutions, improving tracing of cargo and speeding up the certifications for perishable goods controls.
The pre-pilot, which operates as a forerunner in the same logistic route and in other routes calling in the hub ports of Venice and Marseilles, represents the integration between different transport modes in an environmental and economic sustainability framework, ensuring freshness and genuineness of the agrifood products transported, thanks to the innovative technology used for the reefer containers.
In particular, the chance of using different transport modes within the same cold logistics chain has several advantages, such as permitting the transport of temperature sensitive food products to distant markets in Northern Europe including Scandinavian markets. These first 35 containers with oranges, potatoes, mandarins and grapefruits transported by train, till the railway terminal in Rotterdam and from here, the last mile transportation reached destinations in different Scandinavian areas.