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BATL asks Kucinskis to acquaint transit industry with tariff offer for China

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBaltic Association – Transport and Logistics welcomes what Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis said in his interview to Rīta Panorāma programme: that Latvia has developed a specific sustainable offer to ensure transit cargo flow through Latvia, and that China has been provided with tariffs and numbers.

Nevertheless, BATL President Inga Antane is confused that the transit industry has yet to be informed of the details of the offer and tariffs, even though it had offered to develop a unified offer for China and other cooperation countries on multiple occasions in the past.

BATL has sent a letter to the prime minister, asking him to provide the organization with details of the tariff offer.

Because Chinese businessmen already show interest towards working with businesses working at Ventspils port, the prime minister’s long-term offer and the tariff plan provided to China become especially important to the transit industry, BATL reports.

Because Latvia’s transit industry has been experiencing a significant decline in cargo flow for a long time, development of a unified, competitive and modern market offer to help with the development of the transit corridor and maintain dialogue with businesses working in the industry is vital for Latvia, Antane emphasizes.

Antane also reminds that on 12 September BATL turned to the prime minister and other state officials with a request to organize a meeting as soon as possible to find a unified, competitive and modern offer to ensure stable cargo flow through Latvia and its ports.

Transit is the second largest industry of Latvia’s national economy after logging and woodworking industries. The industry provides jobs to 80,000 people and brings the state economy more annual revenue that exceeds one billion euros.

The 16+1 format consists of China and 16 other countries: Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary.

BNN had previously reported that government leaders from countries taking part in 16+1 format will gather in Riga at the beginning of November to discuss important matters and establish economic contacts.

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