Why choose intermodal transport with Alberti e Santi?

The use of the Intermodal transport contributes strongly to the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. It is estimated that carbon consumption through intermodal transport mode decreases by 75%.

Grazie a politiche per la salvaguardia dell’ambiente, dal 2010 ad oggi le emissioni di CO2 in tutta Europa sono state ridotte del 24% grazie anche all’utilizzo della modalità di trasporto intermodale, che è una tipologia di green transport.

Thanks to environmentally friendly policies, CO2 emissions across Europe have been reduced by 24% since 2010 due to the use of intermodal transport, which is a type of green transport.

What does Green Transport mean?
Green transport is a words that has been used a lot recently to describe environmentally friendly transport.
Intermodal transport is one of the green modes chosen by those who want to work and growth their business without damaging the eco-system.

What is intermodal transport?
Intermodal freight transport involves the transportation of freight in an intermodal container or vehicle, using multiple modes of transportation (e.g., rail, ship, aircraft, and truck), without any handling of the freight itself when changing modes

Why choose intermodal transport with Alberti e Santi?
Alberti e Santi has been a leader in intermodal transport for more than 25 years, offering services carefully designed to minimise environmental impact and improve the level of safety on our roads.

Its extensive expertise in intermodal transport allows Alberti e Santi to satisfy its customers with services that offer high performance in terms of lead time and an excellent quality/price ratio.

In 2020, the number of shipments made by Alberti e Santi through Intermodal Transport increased considerably, despite the difficulties: + 17.4% compared to 2019 and + 40.6% compared to 2018.

The results achieved by Alberti e Santi show its focus on sustainable and environmentally friendly growth through the development of the Intermodal Freight services.

For this reason, all investments this year have been geared towards intermodality, the latest of which has allowed us to further increase our fleet of swap bodies by 10% in order to develop and encourage the Intermodal Transport mode.

Need more information?
Contact us to evaluate if Intermodal Transport is right for you and your company.

Alberti e Santi increase their equipment

Intermodal Transport is one of the most used modes of transport by Alberti e Santi; it uses loading units (swap bodies or containers) that can be easily transferred to different means of transport (such as ships, trucks and trains) to be taken to their destination.

Intermodal transport has many advantages:

  • it provides for the integration of different modes of transport, making it more efficient;
  • it allows the loading of more weight for the same size;
  • the goods are not handled during transhipment;
  • it offers favourable rates on long distances;
  • good for the environment

In the last year Alberti e Santi has purchased more than 100 units including tarpaulin swap bodies and boxes, bringing its fleet to well over 200 units owned.
This is also to cope with the increasing unavailability of road vehicles.

Alberti e Santi has over 20 years’ experience in intermodal transport, the safest and most differentiated mode of transport to and from all major European countries:
– United Kingdom
– Ireland
– Belgium
– Holland
– Germany
– Poland

Need more information?
Contact us to evaluate if Intermodal Transport is right for you and your company.

Social Report 2019

Alberti e Santi has presented its 2019 Sustainability Report, choosing to make a concrete and important commitment to CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).

A renewed look for this document dedicated to the stakeholders of the territory – customers, institutions, employees, citizens – to offer a unified and transparent vision of the actions carried out in 2019 by Alberti e Santi.

The company, with its international presence, is constantly committed to creating an efficient range of services that respect the environment, help the communities in which it operates and share a socially responsible business philosophy.

The 2019 Sustainability Report is a statement of activities and results with relevant information on the economic, environmental and social impacts that Alberti e Santi’s work generates on the territory and the community.

Download Social Report 2019

Brexit – soft launch for UK Import

Busy week in Brexitland….  Some of the new processes mentioned below concern only the english importer.  We have given our assessment and will forward more detail as and when received.


Whilst the deadline for requesting an extension is officially 30th June, the real date was 12th June (at least from the UK’s side). That has passed and UK have formally confirmed [to the EU] that they will NOT be requesting an extension and will not agree to one should the EU request.  So, that’s it. 31st December is set in stone.  If any part of your Brexit preparations relied on some form of extension, you need to re-visit immediately.


UK have announced a phased approach. This phased approach relates to UK imports only (whether that be from mainland EU or IRL). The headline details of which are:

–     From 1st January 2021 standard UK imports will have access to a process known as CFSP EIDR (Customs Freight Simplified Procedures, Entry In Declarants Records). To all intents and purposes this will look like TSP. Certain goods are excluded and WILL require frontier declarations (excise goods for example). The full list will probably resemble the TSP controlled goods list by launch. Under CFSP EIDR you have up to six months to present the import entry, but you MUST keep records of arrivals. We understand that this easement will be available to all without the need to apply for it.

–     From 1st April 2021 SPS* will require health certification and pre-notification (IPAFFS), but very few physical checks will take place.
SPS controls will be relaxed initially, except for example live animals and high risk plants (probably those covered by the plant passport scheme). This was the case with TSP.

–     S&S (Safety and Security) declarations will NOT be required on UK imports until 1st July 2021

–     From 1st July 2021 CFSP EIDR will be turned off, unless you have applied for full ongoing approval. Frontier declarations will be required in all cases from 1st July.

–    full SPS checks will be in place. Documents, TRACES NT, IPAFFS and goods will need to enter via a BCP (Border Control Post, formerly known as a BIP). It is not clear yet whether all SPS will need to visit a BCP, equally we do not yet know where the BCP’s will be. Some will be inland.

*SPS = Sanitary and phyto-sanitary (products of animal origin, plants, vegetables, fruit and produce). Fish could also require additional control in the form of catch certificates although we have recently received details of a process called APEO and will be in touch with seafood shippers shortly.


One of the invisible benefits of TSP was that duty (if any) became a transaction between HMRC and the importer directly.  The logistics provider, freight forwarder or broker did not need to secure payment.  This would be particularly useful when incoterms are DAP or similar. CFSP EIDR appears to do the same. Remember it has an end date (30th June 2021) but at least for the first six months, UK imports can be handled by consignor (the logistics provider) having to worry about the duty liability.

Coronavirus: Free movement of goods

With the Prime Ministerial Decree of 9 March, the Italian government extended a “Protected Zone” to the whole country, where people can only move for work or health reasons, while goods can move freely throughout the country and to the whole world.

Alberti e Santi has immediately implemented smart working in all Italian offices so that we can continue to work and provide our service even in these difficult times.

Alberti e Santi always keeps safety and customer satisfaction as a focal point of its activities, that’s why all our drivers have masks and gloves from day one and we are pushing more than ever our Intermodal Service with Unaccompanied Units.


With over 200 owned swap bodies and containers (20″ / 40″ / 45″) we can provide the safest and most differentiated transport to and from all major countries such as:

  • United Kingdom and Ireland
  • Belgium and Holland
  • Germany
  • France
  • Spain and Portugal
  • Turkey
  • Poland

Quotations and further information can be obtained by writing to marketing@albertiesanti.net

BREXIT – The United Kingdom formally leaves the European Union


As of 31 January 2020 (23:00 UK time), the United Kingdom has left the European Union. In the following text please provide some facts and information about BREXIT. (https://www.gov.uk/brexit)

Regarding BREXIT the facts are as follows:

  • The United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland) will leave the European Union (EU 28) on 31 January 2020 at 23:00 UK time, midnight European time.
  • However, for a period of exactly 11 months to the minute, there will be a TRANSITORY period as provided for in “Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty” which will allow both parties, namely the UK and the EU27 Member States, to formally unravel various “technical knots” in the current EU28 fabric.
  • The transitional period could have been extended for a further two years, but was ruled out by the law passed on Friday 20 December 2019 by the UK Parliament.
  • Therefore, the UK will cease to be legally, physically and/or technically part of the European Union from 31 December 2020 at 11pm.
  • During the Transitional Period, the UK will no longer be bound by European law and will not be part of any new European legislation and will technically be OUT OF THE EUROPEAN CUSTOMS UNION, the Transitional Period will allow the exchange of goods from EU27 states into the UK and vice versa WITHOUT the NEED to undergo customs clearance formalities at the point of entry into or out of the UK
  • From 31 January 2020 at 23:00 until 31 December 2020 at 23:00 our physical and technical “MODUS OPERANDI” (i.e. operational service) will continue as it has worked to date. Customs procedures will be introduced ONLY from 1 January 2021.
  • This “modus operandi” will continue for all 11 months of 2020 after the BREXIT date of 31 January 2020.
  • From 1 January 2021 goods travelling in or out of the UK to or from Europe will be subject to customs clearance formalities In these 11 months (in 2020) it will be up to the UK Government to find a bilateral trade agreement with the remaining EU27 Member States.
  • From 1 January 2021, goods travelling in or out of the UK to or from Europe will be subject to customs clearance formalities

In these 11 months (in 2020) it will be up to the UK government to find a bilateral trade agreement with the remaining EU27 member states.

If an agreement is found and implemented by 31/12/2020 during the transition period, we will formally have a BREXIT with an agreement and therefore no duties/taxes will be levied on most products entering the UK from the EU27 countries from 1 January 2021 and vice versa.

If an Agreement is NOT found and therefore NOT put in place by 31/12/2020 during the Transition period, we will formally have a BREXIT WITHOUT an Agreement. In this case the WTO GATT tariffs between the two trading blocs will most likely apply.

The above trade consideration will have no technical or operational effect on the entry or exit of goods from the UK from 1 January 2021, except for importers into the UK who may be subject to duties and taxes on the import of goods.

During 2019, the UK had the option to leave the EU28 without a deal which would have led to the impossibility of the implementation of the ‘transition’ period; to avoid this we have seen the adoption of several emergency interim measures (such as TSPs and other similar procedures) to and cope with a ‘hard Brexit’ should this occur.

However, we reiterate that from 31 January 2020 at 23:00 until 31 December 2020 at 23:00 our physical and technical “MODUS OPERANDI” will continue as it has done to date. Customs procedures will be introduced ONLY from 1 January 2021.









Al 31 gennaio 2020 (alle 23:00 ora del Regno Unito) il Regno Unito ha lasciato l’Unione europea. Nel testo seguente si prega di mettere a punto alcuni fatti e informazioni su BREXIT. (https://www.gov.uk/brexit)

Per quanto riguarda BREXIT i fatti sono i seguenti:

  • Il Regno Unito (Gran Bretagna e Irlanda del Nord) lascierà l’Unione Europea (UE 28) il 31 gennaio 2020 alle 23:00 ora del Regno Unito, mezzanotte all’ora europea.
  • Tuttavia, per un periodo di esattamente 11 mesi al minuto, ci sarà un periodo TRANSITORIO come previsto dall ‘”articolo 50 del trattato di Lisbona” che consentirà ad entrambe le parti, vale a dire il Regno Unito e gli Stati membri dell’UE27, di sciogliere formalmente vari “nodi tecnici” nell’attuale tessuto UE 28.
  • Il periodo di transizione avrebbe potuto essere prorogato di altri due anni, ma è stato escluso dalla legge approvata venerdì 20 dicembre 2019 dal Parlamento britannico.
  • Pertanto, il Regno Unito cesserà di essere legalmente, fisicamente e / o tecnicamente parte dell’Unione Europea a partire dal 31 dicembre 2020 alle 23.00.
  • Durante il periodo transitorio il Regno Unito non sarà più vincolato dalla legge europea e non farà parte di alcuna nuova legislazione europea e sarà tecnicamente FUORI DALL’UNIONE DOGANALE EUROPEA, tuttavia per la durata dello stesso, il Periodo Transitorio consentirà lo scambio delle merci dagli stati dell’UE27 nel Regno Unito e viceversa SENZA NECESSITÀ di sottoporsi a formalità di sdoganamento al punto di entrata nel Regno Unito o fuori dal Regno Unito
  • Dal 31 gennaio 2020 alle 23:00 fino al 31 dicembre 2020 alle 23:00 il nostro “MODUS OPERANDI” fisico e tecnico (ovvero il servizio operativocontinuerà come ha funzionato fino ad oggi. Le procedure doganali saranno introdotte SOLO dal 1 ° gennaio 2021
  • Questo “modus operandi” continuerà per tutti gli 11 mesi del 2020 successivi alla data BREXIT del 31 gennaio 2020.
  • Dal 1 ° gennaio 2021 le merci che viaggiano nel Regno Unito o fuori dal Regno Unito da o verso l’Europa saranno soggette alle formalità di sdoganamento In questi 11 mesi (nel 2020) spetterà al governo del Regno Unito trovare un accordo commerciale bilaterale con i restanti Stati membri dell’UE27.
  • Dal 1 ° gennaio 2021 le merci che viaggiano nel Regno Unito o fuori dal Regno Unito da o verso l’Europa saranno soggette alle formalità di sdoganamento

In questi 11 mesi (nel 2020) spetterà al governo del Regno Unito trovare un accordo bilaterale commerciale con i restanti Stati membri dell’UE27.

Se sarà trovato un accordo ed sarà messo in atto entro il 31/12/2020 durante il periodo di transizione, avremo formalmente una BREXIT con un accordo e quindi non saranno riscossi dazi / tasse per la maggior parte dei prodotti che entrano nel Regno Unito dall’UE 27 paesi dal 1 ° gennaio 2021 e viceversa.

Se NON verrà  trovato un Accordo e quindi NON verrà messo in atto entro il 31/12/2020 durante il periodo di Transizione, avremo formalmente un BREXIT SENZA un Accordo. In questo caso molto probabilmente si applicheranno le tariffe GATT dell’OMC tra i due blocchi commerciali.

Il suddetto corrispettivo commerciale non avrà alcun effetto tecnico o operativo sull’entrata o l’uscita delle merci dal Regno Unito a partire dal 1 ° gennaio 2021, se non per gli importatori nel Regno Unito che potrebbero essere soggetti a dazi e tasse sull’importazione di merci.

Nel corso del 2019 il Regno Unito ha avuto la possibilità di uscire dall’UE28 senza un accordo che avrebbe portato alla impossibilità dell’attuazione del periodo “transitorio”; per evitare ciò abbiamo assistito all’adozione di diverse misure provvisorie di emergenza (come TSP e altre procedure simili) per e far fronte a una “Brexit dura” qualora ciò si fosse verificato.

Tuttavia, ripetiamo che dal 31 gennaio 2020 alle 23:00 fino al 31 dicembre 2020 alle 23:00 il nostro “MODUS OPERANDI” fisico e tecnico continuerà come è successo fino ad oggiLe procedure doganali saranno introdotte SOLO dal 1 ° gennaio 2021




Certificate of Compliance with the requirements of the Organic Product

Our warehouse in Cortemaggiore, in order to be able to handle products of organic origin from customers who request it, has obtained Certificate of Conformity No. 289 of 19/03/2019 to EC Regulation 834/2007 on organic production to which the entire supply chain, including those involved in storage, must comply.


We are dealing with Brexit and not worrying, we are ready!

On 29 March 2019 the UK is due to leave the European Union, becoming a non-EU country: this will have economic, logistical and control effects for citizens and businesses, both in the UK and the EU. In order to be ready for this change, Alberti e Santi has obtained the authorisation of “Approved Place for Consignor and Consignee in Import/Export“, this will allow us to assist and carry out all customs services for goods entering and leaving the UK and beyond, guaranteeing a streamlined and fast procedure.

Brexit – still no deal, but we are ready!

As is now well known to all concerned parties as of 23:00hrs on the 29th of  March, Great Britain will officially cease to be a member of the EEC; if as it is strongly believed there should be an exit without there being in place a trading agreement between the two parties i.e. A Hard Brexit  the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be immediately treated as a third party Country. Therefore to this effect all goods being sent to or from the UK ,will have to be subject to customs clearance procedures.

In addition, some products – such as plant and animal products in particular – will also need to be declared to the authorities so that sanitary or phytosanitary certificates, to confirm the product is safe to be consumed or, in the case of plants that they are disease free will be required on entry to the UK.

In view of this, Alberti e Santi is accelerating its plans to finalize (by the 28th of February) the organization of a customs office physically within its structure in Italy and thereby being able to provide both full export and import customs clearance procedures.

In Great Britain, we are and have been working, with an important partner with at least  twenty years experience in the field of customs clearance procedures, thereby we will be able to guarantee these services to all of our UK clients currently involved in Import and Export shipments between the UK and Italy.

These measures will allow Alberti e Santi to be able to offer a premium custom clearance  service to its clients with high levels of professionalism and maintain a level of service for between two countries which over the years we have come to be regarded as both a market Leader and Number 1 carrier all of this even in the face of an uncertain scenario as we find ourselves at this special and very delicate  moment in time of the Brexit negotiations between Great Britain and the European Union

We would also like to take this opportunity to inform you of how you should be preparing your Company and organising your administrative procedures related to the import or export of cargo from and to Europe.

In order for us to be able to complete Customs Clearances for your shipments, we will need that all of the documents mentioned below are sent to us prior to the loading of your cargo. We will of course try to get back to you with exact deadlines and finalised documents, but it will inevitably become more difficult to carry out last minutes changes to shipments:

Invoice and packing list should include:-

• Shipper, Consignee & PO Number

• Value of goods / Currency

• Country of origin of the goods

• Net/Gross weight / Number Of Packages

• Commodity code

• Delivery Terms – Incoterms

EORI numbers for both shipper and consignee (EU + UK) please note that you might need to apply for an EORI number. Importers and Exports under the VAT threshold will still need to obtain an EORI. The UK EORI is in the format of: GB + VAT Number + 000

Details of how to apply for the EORI number can be found in the below link

EORI-UK: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/shortforms/form/EORIVAT

EORI EU: https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/national-customs-websites_en

Failure to provide correct information may delay your cargo and subject it to additional costs so please act now and consider what action if any you need to take. We will assist you in order to be prepared for Brexit, don´t hesitate to contact us.

Alberti e Santi renews certification as a member of Fedespedi

Fedespedi is the trade association that represents and protects the interests of almost all international forwarding companies. Over the years, Fedespedi has received numerous consensuses and its representativeness has consistently increased.

The service available to members has grown over time and today the organisation has the following functions:

  • To promote the analysis, knowledge and solution of the problems inherent to the category, in order to be able to improve its efficiency and profitability;
  • To establish and maintain appropriate links with national, foreign and international institutions;
  • To represent the associated forwarding companies in relations with authorities, central or local government organisations, public or proven institutions and third party bodies;
  • Protecting the nature of the activities carried out by member companies, improving and disseminating their image, representing their interests in the legislative and regulatory, social, economic, trade union, financial, tax and insurance fields;
  • Promoting publicity, debates, conventions, training and refresher courses, workshops and seminars.

The Federation also provides a number of services: insurance assistance, legal assistance, customs assistance, tax assistance, social security assistance, trade union assistance, technical assistance, conventions, training and financial services.