Experts say container cargoes have the potential to bring major contribution to the logistics sector. With that, LDz Logistics intends to continue organizing the next container train from China, as well as cooperate with partners from Belarus and China in the context of the Great Stone industrial park, as BNN was informed by Transport Ministry’s representative Ilze Greiskalna.
On Wednesday, 18 January, Logistics Industry Council assessed results from the 16+1 summit and discussed the plan for the industry’s activities in 2017.
Members of the council exchanged topical information regarding the state of the industry, its problems, external influence, predictions and proposals for enhancing the industry’s competitiveness. Although last year concluded with major decline of cargoes, much has been done to attract new cargoes, explore new markets and create new services, Greiskalna said.
She said Liepaja port managed to conclude the year with a slight increase. The port plans to work hard this year to achieve similar results. Riga and Ventspils ports have also had multiple positive moments as well: they have increased ferry traffic and volumes of transshipped cargoes. Transports have also been on a rise in the railway field using Baltika Transit container train. New perspectives have surfaced for Zubr container train. A pilot train was organized from China. New trains are in the process of being prepared as well.
Road transport sector has begun reorienting its attention more towards Europe. Cooperation with China has borne fruit in the aviation sector. Latvian and Chinese partners plan to cooperate to secure e-commerce courier post services. The first test runs have been performed already.
«Of course, the situation is complicated and competition is steep. Nevertheless, we have to keep working and looking for new opportunities on other markets, including the Black Sea region, India, Iran and Korea,» – said the ministry’s representative.
The ministry presented a review of results of 16+1 summit, events, talks, signed documents, established contacts and plans for 2017.
The most important events of 2016 discussed during the meeting included the visit of the Latvian transport minister to China, the presentation events held in Chinese municipalities, participation in business forums and meetings with Chinese businessmen. Officials also mentioned the signing of important documents and establishment of agreements.
The organization of a pilot container train from Yiwu to Riga and the meeting with Chinese officials to discuss future cooperation was also mentioned as a major accomplishment for Latvia’s transport industry.
TM informed the council about future priorities and international action plan for 2017.
The council also listened to a report from LDz Logistics. The report stated that growth is noted in transports of container cargoes. Baltika Transit, in particular, had demonstrated a major increase last year – the number of containers sent from Latvia had grown 108% and the number of containers sent to Latvia had grown 93%.