The Italian Port System: A Survey on Competitiveness and Development Factors

42 Pages Posted: 4 May 2009

Date Written: February 16, 2009

Abstract

Between 2003 and 2007 the volume of container traffic handled by the national port system increased only slightly despite the strong growth of maritime traffic in the Mediterranean Sea. This was due both to national economic stagnation and to the inability of the ports to extend their operational area further afield because of the lack of good port and land infrastructure. This paper aims to investigate these issues on the basis of a survey of the national agents of the main global shipping companies. The main weaknesses in competitiveness regard land infrastructure; other problems involve inefficiencies in national ports’ activities and insufficient infrastructure. National logistics and the supply chain are fragmented compared with the integrated systems of other countries. In the opinion of the shipping agents, in addition to improvements in infrastructure, it is necessary to liberalize rail transportation and to modernize port governance, especially by reducing red tape and granting wider financial autonomy to the port authorities.

Note: Downloadable Document is in Italian.

Keywords: ports, logistics, transport infrastructure

JEL Classification: L92, R41, R48

Suggested Citation

Beretta, Enrico and Dalle Vacche, Alessandra and Migliardi, Andrea, The Italian Port System: A Survey on Competitiveness and Development Factors (February 16, 2009). Bank of Italy Occasional Paper No. 39, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1396227 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1396227

Enrico Beretta (Contact Author)

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184
Italy

Alessandra Dalle Vacche

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184
Italy

Andrea Migliardi

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184
Italy

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