Italian logistics provider Fercam has started a second service to Tunisia to supplement its well-established ro-ro service from Genoa.
The twice-weekly ro-ro service will start from Livorno and call at Civitavecchia and Salerno before heading for Tunis. It will use vessels belonging to Grimaldi and Tunisian shipping company Cotunav and carry semi-trailers, reefers and megatrailers. Apart from full truck loads, Fercam also consolidates cargo at Rho near Milan, Prato, and Padua.
A Fercam spokesman said the main commodities carried to north Africa were automotive parts, construction materials, fruit, fashionwear; and cargo was destined for western Libya as well as Tunisia. Return loads mainly comprised fruit and vegetables for distribution throughout Europe.
Italy is Tunisia’s second most important trading partner after France and an estimated 750 Italian firms are based in north Africa for both manufacture and finishing of products originating in Italy.
The Genoa-Tunisia ro-ro service began in 2013 and carries a similar range of goods.