Ministerial Circular for clarification of the current provisions on the containment and management of the COVID-19 epidemiological emergency in the haulage sector
The circular of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility – Ministry of Health (available here) issued on the 14th of October 2021 provides explanations on COVID-19 emergency:
- in the maritime transport sector;
- in the road haulage sector.
The Ministerial Circular clarifies that hauliers coming from abroad, who are not in possession of the Green Pass can access the places designated for loading/unloading operations provided that these operations are carried out by other personnel, which means that foreign drivers will be allowed to enter Sogedim without getting off the vehicle and locked in the cab, while loading and unloading activities can be carried out by Sogedim employees regularly in possession of a Green Pass.
Truck freight forwarding therefore proceed smoothly and without interruption: since the 15th of October, the day the Green Pass came into force in the workplace, the deputy minister for Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility, Teresa Bellanova, has also ensured that foreign truck drivers without an Ema-approved vaccination, such as Sputnik, can actually enter the company.
Summarizing, in order to avoid bottlenecks in the logistics sector, personnel on vehicles coming from abroad and not in possession of a Green Pass (or other vaccination certifications approved by the Ema or recognised as equivalent by the Ministry of Health) can access, as already provided for by the rules in force, the places designated for loading/unloading goods providing that these activities are carried out by other personnel.
In reference to the entry into the national territory of hauliers coming from abroad, the emergency management provisions of COVID-19 for shipments by sea has changed.
With regard to maritime transport, the circular clarifies that, in order to ensure the operation of ships and the national logistics chain, with particular reference to those engaged in international navigation, with regard to personnel employed in any capacity on board a ship flying the Italian flag, whose port of departure, stopover or final destination is in Italian territory, embarkation or re-entry on board is to be considered a “workplace” and takes place according to the following rules, verified by the employer:
- those who are already on board on the 15th of October and are not in possession of a Green Pass (or other certifications for vaccinations accepted by Ema or recognised as equivalent by circular letter of the Ministry of Health) continue the embarkation period and must undergo a molecular or antigenic test with a negative result for the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the event of disembarkation in Italian territory and subsequent re-entry on board, as required by green pass regulations;
- those who embark in the Italian territory from the 15th of October 2021 until the 31st of December 2021, at the time of entry on board must have one of the green certificates COVID-19 attesting to the status of vaccination against Sars-Cov-2 at the end of the prescribed cycle (or other certifications for vaccinations accepted by the EMA or vaccinations recognized as equivalent by circular of the Ministry of Health) or of recovery from Covid-19 with simultaneous termination of the prescribed isolation following infection with Sars-Cov-2, or of rapid antigenic or molecular testing with negative results for the Sars-Cov-2 virus;
- those who disembark in Italian territory and return on board at a later date, must have one of the COVID-19 green certificates attesting to the state of vaccination against Sars-Cov-2 at the end of the prescribed cycle (or other certifications for vaccinations approved by the EMA or vaccinations recognized as equivalent by circular of the Ministry of Health), or recovery from Covid-19 with simultaneous termination of the isolation prescribed as a result of infection with Sars-Cov-2, or carrying out rapid antigenic or molecular testing with a negative result to the virus Sars-Cov-2, under the terms of Article 9, paragraph 2, of the Decree-Law (or other certification for vaccinations recognized by the EMA or vaccinations recognized as equivalent circular of the Ministry of Health).