Spediporto has stated that it will bring a class action against Italy’s motorways concessionaire and the Ministry of Transport
The actions, in respect of loss of earnings resulting from the Morandi Bridge disaster of 14th August, will be taken against Autostrade per l’Italia (ASPI) and the Ministry of Infrastucture and Transport (MIT). The decision to resort to the courts was taken unanimoualy at an EGM of the Genoa-based freight forwarding assocation attended by representatives from more than half it 300 member companies.
In the next few weeks Spediporto will collect data from members to quantify loss of earnings in respect of national and international forwarding, transport and warehousing activities, and losses sustained through higher costs of production or reduced turnover.
"The damages are self-evident from the traffic figures from the port authority, 8% lower last month compared to October 2017, explained Giampaolo Botta, Spediporto’s Director General. "We can also confirm an accelerating negative trend with export shipments, down 5% in September and 12.5% in October measured year-on-year." He added that the class actions against ASPI, which is part of the Atlantia holding company, and MIT, will be pursued in civil, criminal and administrative courts.
At this juncture, Spediporto has not ruled out also taking administrative action against the Antitrust authority (AGCM), the National Anticorruption Authority (ANAC) and the Transport Regulation Authority (ART).
"We realise that this is a complicated case, but we are determined to proceed with a pilot action that could protect not only forwarders operaitng in the port of Genoa, but the whole logistics industry in the north west [of Italy], including shipping lines, terminal operators and hauliers," said Botta.