In addition to large-scale plans for the expansion of the port of Trieste, new transport routes along the Tauern-Adria axis are also in the pipeline. Throughout its existence, the port of Trieste has been the “gate to the world” for Central Europe and has played an important role as an international logistics hub especially from an Austrian perspective. The plan now is to set up a customs corridor between Trieste and Carinthia to facilitate the close cooperation of the Austrian and the Italian economy. In future, the Fürnitz shunting yard will function as a customs clearance point for the port of Trieste, turning it into an international logistics hub. All goods that are imported or exported via Trieste will then be cleared in the logistics centre of Kärnten Süd, in cooperation with the Italian customs agents.
Another project that will significantly boost Carinthia’s status as a logistics hub is the scheduled expansion of the Austrian railway network. For the first time ever, the Koralmbahn will provide a direct link between the central regions of Graz and Klagenfurt am Wörthersee. Until now, travel between the two provincial capitals was restricted and only possible via Bruck an der Mur. The construction of the Koralmbahn is considered the biggest step to expand the Austrian railway network.
Although sections of the route have been in operation since 2010, the overall project will not be completed until the end of 2025.