"The various international retail chains send us their orders for fruit and vegetables from Sicily, Apulia, Calabria, Campania and Latium; we bundle all the goods, organize pickups, control the loading temperature, organize the whole process of documents from the simple DDT to CMR, and in the case of Switzerland, also customs documents, and lastly, we track the vehicles until their destination."
That's how, in a nutshell, Romina Roccasalvo, administrator of "Next to Business," an international consulting and business services company based in Ispica (RG), Sicily, sums up one of the most relevant activities of her company.
"Often companies that operate internationally or their carriers," continues Roccasalvo, "have difficulties in completing bureaucratic paperwork and incur administrative and sanctioning difficulties. We are also able to provide language assistance (German/English) in case of need. Our services and advice in such cases are highly appreciated because we eliminate the problems at the root, thanks to a very specific know-how."
"The importance of completing the loads of the various means is of vital Importance for our clients," explains the manageress, "but saving on transportation costs in this rather difficult historical moment is possible. all it takes is to apply the correct steps. Saturating the vehicles, combining the entire logistics, already constitutes a significant saving for clients. It is a matter of professionalizing the management of logistics in all its parts, an event that unfortunately at the moment leaves wide room for approximation, with negative repercussions on the trade flows of the companies that move the outbound goods."
Assistance for international logistics
"In addition to assisting Italian and foreign large-scale retailers, we also support, as mentioned, our partner carriers," adds the interviewee. "Here we distinguish between two services, with carriers that deal only with exports, our services end with on-time delivery to the destination, while for those that operate in the import/export sector, the return trip to Italy is organized with immediate re-loading in the unloading area abroad. We then accompany the drivers until they return to Italy. Such availability on our part allows the client to have more means at their disposal, since even those who do not have the possibility, because they are not structured to do so, can make their resources as efficient as possible from abroad and make it economically viable to return to base."
NTB's operations room is staffed by: Marco Peligra ( Export office), Francesco Litrico (Import office), Alessandro Pacetto (Resp. Import/Export office), Francesco Susino (Export office) and Romina Roccasalvo (administrator)
"NTB, as a completely neutral partner," concluded Romina Roccasalvo, "succeeds in combining all loads without conflicting interests, while putting at ease the client, whether it be a foreign large-scale retail trade, the carrier client or the supplier client. Their satisfaction, on the other hand, is our success."