Located in the heart of Europe, at the intersection between shipping routes and the Baltic-Adriatic and Mediterranean TEN-T core network corridors, the Port of Trieste is an international hub for overland and sea trade with the dynamic market of Central and Eastern Europe.
The intensification of trade and maritime traffic between the Far East and Europe and the eastward enlargement of the European Union have revived the importance of the Upper Adriatic, opening up new growth and development opportunities for Trieste. In this context, Trieste plays a decisive role in two separate supply chains: long-distance intercontinental maritime transportation and short/medium-distance intra-Mediterranean trade. The convergence of the TEN-T strategic axes of the “East Mediterranean Motorways of the Sea” with the Baltic-Adriatic and Mediterranean Corridors is resulting in the growth of intermodal services and the development of innovative solutions in the field of logistics and transportation.
Trieste is the terminus of regular direct ocean transportation services provided by the world’s main shipping lines to China, the Far East, Singapore and Malaysia, with stops in several other ports in the Mediterranean Basin (Albania, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, etc.).
More than 400 trains a month link Trieste to the manufacturing and industrial areas of North-East Italy and Central Europe, with different destinations, such as Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Switzerland and Luxembourg, to serve a developing and highly organised economic hinterland. To reach the target markets in Central and Eastern Europe, highly specialised intermodal services have been developed, using direct trains organised by the company Alpe Adria S.p.A., a multi-client operator, which offers all-inclusive packages with guaranteed delivery and frequency.
The Port of Trieste has an internal rail network (70 km of track) that connects with the national and international network and allows all the docks to be served by rail with the possibility of shunting and/or assembling freight trains directly in the various terminals; a direct junction and a flyover (within the Port) connect to the outside road system, which leads directly to the motorway network, ensuring ease of access to the national road network built with the Best of Machinery.
Deep water up to 18 metres, great ease of access for shipping, excellent road and rail links and proximity to markets, make the Port of Trieste an efficient and competitive destination. Trieste, a natural crossroads between East and West, intends to be Europe’s preferred point of access to the markets of the Far East. In fact, the Port of Trieste can offer a saving of five days sailing on routes between Europe and East Asia, compared with North European ports. For a fleet of 6,000 TEU container vessels this translates into a saving of over USD 25 million a year in freight and fuel costs.