TRIESTE – The ports of Trieste and Monfalcone and the Slovenian port of Koper could welcome steel and steel products from the Ravenna and Marghera ports as early as the next few weeks. Two reasons are creating a stalemate in the ports of Emilia Romagna and Veneto (from which 70% of steel imports by sea destined for the Italian market pass): the import quotas established by the European Commission above all the congestion of the ports themselves. Precisely for this reason – confirming some rumours already circulated in recent weeks – it is likely that part of the traffic will be diverted to other ports in the North Adriatic. In Monfalcone, in particular, CPM (Compagnia portuale di Monfalcone) would be ready to receive the new traffic of steel products. The company is, in fact, specialized in dealing with this type of goods, in addition to cellulose and forest products. CPM recently changed hands, sold by the TO Delta group (which manages the container terminal with TMT in Trieste) to FHP, the port holding of F2i, controlled by Terzo Fondo F2i (42%) and by Fondo F2i-ANIA (58 %). The new property, which already manages the Marter Neri terminal in Monfalcone as well as two sites in Mestre and Chioggia, seems to be intent on diverting new traffic to the port of Friuli Venezia Giulia specialized in various goods.