A pilot container trial train with reefer cargo, mostly fruits and vegetables, left the Port of Koper towards Rotterdam for the final delivery on north European markets, on Saturday, 5th of March. The activity is part of the EU project Fresh Food Corridors (FFC). The cargo, which belongs to major Israeli exporters, has reached the Port of Koper on Friday via the ‘motorways of the sea’ and continued its route on railway.
The shipment represents a record and an innovation, because it’s the first block train – loaded solely with reefer containers – that crossed Europe on south – north route. The Port of Koper expressed satisfaction for being the first to have been chosen for the trial journey. The new corridor will allow 6 days shorter transit times.
The challenges of the project are related to the sustainability of the logistic product in terms of cargo volumes and transport costs as well as technical solutions that guarantee adequate temperature conditions for the goods until their final destination.
Similar pilot trains will departure also via the ports of Venice and Marseille-Fos, as part of the FFC project.