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The port of Riga has signed a partnership with the port of Shenzhen, the world’s third-largest container port, to promote cooperation and knowledge sharing between the two ports.
The two ports see potential in sharing experiences in port planning, management and development and aim to further collaborate on issues including environmental protection, information technology, employee training and port safety.
The port of Shenzhen is one of the fastest-growing container ports in the world, handling 25.2 million TEU in 2017 and managing an average of 560 container ship calls a month — making it the third busiest container ports in the world.
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CEO of the Freeport of Riga Authority, Ansis Zeltiņš, commented: “Despite the differences in port sizes and cargo volumes, both the Port of Riga and the Port of Shenzhen are influential market players in their regions.
“Various similarities can be identified in our possibilities and challenges in the rapidly changing environment of international trade and navigation of the 21st century.
“We will definitely be able to learn from Shenzhen’s experience in port management, planning and development on the path to our goal — developing the Port of Riga as the largest container cargo transit centre in the Baltic Region and the so-called container ‘hub’ port in the Baltic Sea.”
The agreement was signed during a visit by the Minister for Transport, Uldis Augulis, and companies of the Latvian transport sector to China.
During the visits, the Freeport of Riga Authority also signed agreements to become involved with the operation of two Chinese logistics information exchange platforms, LOGINK (National Public Information Platform for Transportation & Logistics) and GLA (Global Logistics Alliance), in the hopes of attracting more cargo from China.