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Romani was founded in Genoa, Italy by Carlo Romani in the 1930s and began as a freight forwarder specializing in “colonial products” (such as coffee, cocoa, pepper and spices); products which continued over the years to be the core business of the Company.
Romani has since expanded and developed into a logistics operator providing comprehensive services in the following sectors: import and export, management and supervision of soft commodities, customs assistance, transport and shipment, warehousing, packaging and product processing through the use of specialized equipment.
The company is accredited by the Coffee Terminal Market as a forwarding and warehouse keeper and it is approved for the storage and handling of organic goods. Romani has a Quality Certification according to ISO 9001:2015 standards and holds the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO Full) status – combined authorization Customs and Security – issued by the Customs Authority.
Due to the chronic shortage of space within the port of Genoa and the resulting operational problems this has caused, in 2008 Romani invested in new warehouses and operational facilities at Pozzolo Formigaro, about 40 km north from the port of Genoa. This new development has significantly improved efficiency and security for our clients in the storage of soft commodities. The facility is strategically located in the heart of that area which is destined to become –according to the plans of the Port Authority and the other institutions involved - a real extension of the docks of the port of Genoa.
Located near the main highway junction of north-central Italy, on the Trans-European Corridor 24 and not far from the intersection with Corridor 5, our new storage and processing plant is strategically located to provide rapid transport links which ensure efficient delivery of goods from our facilities to the final destination.
Our complex is conveniently located next to the local customs office with a connected railway siding which, when convenient, will facilitate an efficient and direct transfer of containers to and from the port by rail.
The warehouse, initially with a covered area of about 12,000 square meters, expanded to 18,000 in 2019. Besides the increase of the warehousing areas, new solutions have been carried out in order to ease the uploading, downloading and handling operations of goods. The outdoor spaces have been expanded, the viability has been revised with the creation of a second access point and the security measures have been implemented with the creation of a more sophisticated video surveillance system.
A further expansion of approximately 7,000 square meters of covered areas will be possible in the future.
Our facilities are equipped with modern plants that include the most sophisticated machinery for processing and selecting green coffee; this enables Romani to adapt to the growing needs of the customers, always oriented to the improvement of product quality. Due to the high specification of our plants, we are able to handle bulk shipments, process green coffee for product upgrading or simply repackage a product to better suit the customer requirements. The plants have also recently been upgraded.
In order to meet the needs of our customers, for over forty years Romani has had facilities and warehouses at Trieste (another Italian port famously associated with coffee) as well as warehouses at Koper, Slovenia. Romani has recently expanded and renovated its plant machinery at Trieste for the selection and sorting of coffee and it is able to handle and process bulk goods.