Russia-Ukraine conflict boosts Port of Riga box throughput


The Port of Riga has seen an increased container volume in 2022, having recorded a throughput of 460,700 TEU surpassing the previous year’s figure by 16 per cent.

Baltic Container Terminal (BCT) at Riga transshipped 326,000 TEU.

The growth in container cargo turnover can be attributed to the impact of the geopolitical situation on global logistics chains, affecting cargo movement not only in the Baltic region, but worldwide.

Additionally, six regular container shipping lines operated at the Port of Riga in 2022, with all of them renewing their contracts for 2023. 

The Port of Riga also invested a total of €19.8 million ($22.4 million) in the development of port infrastructure in early 2022 to improve the port’s performance.

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According to market analysts at the Freeport of Riga Authority, the statistical data of all ports in the Baltic region underscore the impact of the Ukraine-Russia conflict on container cargo transportation. 

The Port of St. Petersburg, which was previously the largest container port in the region, lost 64 per cent of its container cargo volume in 2022. 

However, the ports of Riga, Klaipėda, and Tallinn saw an increase in container cargo turnover, as well as the Finnish ports of Helsinki and HaminaKotka.

BCT Board Member, Dmitrijs Kiselevs, said: “Since the start of the war, the Baltic Sea container lines have boycotted Russian ports and used the container terminals of the Baltic countries to place and store containers intended for the Russian market, leading to a rapid increase in turnover at the BCT terminal.”

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