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La Spezia Terminal handles record 276,000 TEU in first 4 months


Italy's major gateway container handling facility operated by Contship Italia Group, La Spezia Container Terminal (LSCT), recorded its largest-ever result in throughput by moving 276,000 TEU in the first four months of 2017.
The volume represents a rise of 15 per cent in throughput compared to the corresponding four months of 2016 which recorded a throughput figure of 240,000 TEU, according to Shipping Gazette.
LSCT said in a statement that the increase in traffic reflected strong performances in the trades to/from the US and Asia, as well as intra-Mediterranean services. The terminal said such a performance was particularly encouraging because the increase in volume was spread across several trade lanes.
The Contship Italia Group also saw a surge in rail traffic volume during the same four months, with the percentage of boxes moved via rail into southern Europe increasing by 20 per cent year on year. This was the strongest increase ever recorded at the southern gateway terminals.
The rail growth, specifically in La Spezia, was due primarily to increased competitiveness thanks to faster transit times via LSCT's fast-corridor and pre-clearing systems.
LSCT highlighted that all the main global container alliances call La Spezia and offer improved transit-times to and from key ports in Asia.
"These strong throughput figures are highly encouraging for LSCT and demonstrate that the improvements we are making to help cargo flow and are starting to pay off," said Contship Italia commercial chief Peter Hill.
"Whilst it is too early to say if there will be a sustained upturn in the global economy, it is clear that our 'Southern Gateway Alternative' continues to gain traction," Mr Hill said.

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