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Transit companies: TM is not prepared to perform improvements to port activities in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis Monday, November 10th, Baltic Association Transport and Logistics sent a letter to Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma with a request to explain the government’s position and planned measures for improvements of management and international competitiveness of Latvia’s largest ports.

This letter was signed by some of the largest transit companies in Latvia – AS Ventbunkers, AS Ventspils Tirdzniecības Osta, AS Kālija Parks, AS Baltijas Ekspresis, AS Ventspils Grain Terminal, AS PKL Flote and SIA Noord Natie Ventspils Terminals.

Considering that the government declaration does not mention anything regarding development of Latvian freeports and planned improvements to their activities, our businessmen now voice serious concerns regarding the future of this industry, as BNN was told by representatives of the organization.

It is noted in the letter that all previous attempts to meet with the Prime Minister and other responsible ministers to discuss enormous problems of Latvia’s transit industry and reach an agreement about immediate action have not been successful. Instead of meeting with officials, BATL has been invited to a meeting with port representatives at Transport Ministry and a letter signed by Transport Minister Anrijs Matiss, which the businessmen have interpreted as ‘formal write-off’. BATL believes that this once again proves that TM is not prepared to realize improvements for the sake of Latvian ports.

Businessmen believe that the long-lasting inability of the government to get involved in economic activities of the country’s freeports may have led to attempts to secretly increase revenue at Ventspils Freeport by means of manipulating port fares. Businessmen emphasize that any and all attempts to increase port fares will be viewed as open and intentional sabotage that will definitely negatively impact Latvia’s transit direction toward Ventspils Freeport. At the same time, it is also reminded that TM has yet to react to any of the concerns and proposals voiced by businessmen in order to reassess port fares and investment efficiency, which only increases the risk of Ventspils Port direction becoming even more expensive for transit.

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