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BATL: Matiss should think not only about Riga, but Liepaja and Ventspils ports as well

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIt is unacceptable to have a situation in which transit and logistics policies are created specifically to cater to interests of specific entrepreneurs, ignoring government goals and interests of Latvia’s national economy, writes Latvian Transit Business Association in its open letter to Latvian Transport Minister Anrijs Matiss.

The association invites the minister to immediately turn his attention to matters of development and management effectiveness at the largest ports of the Republic of Latvia.

Db.lv portal had previously reported that a comprehensive agreement was signed in Minsk between Latvia and Belarus in regard to transport and cargo transit on December 10th. In a conversation with the portal, Matiss noted that this is «[…] a good example of Latvia preparing an offer that includes the railway and Riga Freeport, which also applies to the railway’s capacity, tariffs and all kinds of compromises in order to ensure cargoes go to Latvia, not its neighbours». It is also mentioned that: «This agreement serves as foundation for creating a new terminal and logistics centre in the future.»

The signing of this agreement plays a major role in the development of the transit corridor between Latvia and Belarus. At the same time, however, BATL expresses its confusion regarding the planned cooperation only in Riga’s direction. Members of LBTA also find it confusing to hear somewhat discriminating statements that it is allegedly more important for Latvia to see an increase of cargo volumes in Riga, not Klaipeda or Tallinn.

«Point 74 of the government declaration provides for the development of Riga, Ventspils and Liepaja ports as the most competitive and complementary logistics centres and integral part of the European and Asian transit network. With that, BATL believes any policy employed by Transport Ministry should be aimed at the development of the three largest ports in Latvia, effective use of their resources and raising of their international competitiveness,» – as written in the letter signed by the Chairman of the association’s management board Edgars Cinins and CEO Inga Antane.

«Additional cargoes are very important for Latvian ports, especially considering the current relations between the European Union and Russia. In this regard, BATL states that it is necessary think about providing additional cargoes to all three of Latvia’s largest ports, not just Riga. BATL does not find it acceptable when transit and logistics policies are forced in the interest of specific entrepreneurs, ignoring government goals and interests of Latvia’s national economy,» – as mentioned in the letter sent to Transport Ministry.

BATL reminds that Latvia will become the presiding country over the EU Council on January 1st, 2015. This means that the matter of transit through Latvian ports will become a matter for the whole European Union. This is confirmed by the statements voiced by Transport Ministry’s state secretary Kaspars Ozolins to Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov during the Russian transport week. In the conversation the two officials had shared, Ozolins had said that special attention would be provided to the development of the two countries’ transit corridor in order to include Europe, Russia, CIS countries, China, Asian countries and the Near East. «Latvia holds great potential to become a bridge between the East and Europe, especially Northern Europe, and provide export, transport and logistical services for entrepreneurs to ensure their integration in European markets,» – said Ozolins.

Considering all that is mentioned in the open letter, BATL invites Latvian Transport Minister to immediately tackle the matter regarding development of Latvia’s largest ports.

BATL represents Latvian transit companies present at Ventspils Freeport. Among members of BATL are companies like Ventbunkers, Ventspils Trade Port, Kālija parks, Baltijas ekspresis, Latvijas Naftas Tranzīts and a number of other logistics and transit companies.

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  1. Tom says:

    Matiss is a slave of Lembergs, he don’t make any important decision by himself. Welcome to Latvia

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