Balti­jas Ek­spre­sis achieves un­prece­dented cargo turnover in­crease – 313%

Balti­jas Ek­spre­sis has achieved an un­prece­dented cargo turnover in­crease bot seen in Latvia un­til now. Com­pared with the first months of 2016, cargo turnover in Latvia had in­creased by 313% in the same pe­riod of 2017, as re­ported by Baltic As­so­ci­a­tion – T

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Balti­jas Ek­spre­sis has also in­creased its mar­ket share from 10% to 25%, tak­ing the lead away from Baltic Tran­sit Ser­vice and be­com­ing the sec­ond largest trans­port­ing com­pany in the coun­try cargo turnover-wise. «Ventspils Com­mer­cial Port and Vent­bunkers had put a lot of ef­fort in the sec­ond half of 2016 to pre­serve ex­ist­ing and at­tract more car­goes to Ventspils. The main goal of Balti­jas Ek­spre­sis was mo­bi­liz­ing re­sources and trans­port­ing three times larger vol­umes than be­fore. Com­pared to the three trains a day in Oc­to­ber 2016, we be­gan ser­vic­ing ten and more trains a day at the end of Novem­ber,» says Balti­jas Ek­spre­sis chair­man Maris Bremze. The com­pany plans to achieve cargo turnover vol­umes of nearly eight mil­lion tons by the end of the year. It is pos­si­ble the com­pany may even ex­ceed this mark. This vol­ume will be the high­est in the nearly twenty years of Balti­jas Ek­spre­sis ex­is­tence.

Inga An­tane, pres­i­dent of Baltic As­so­ci­a­tion – Trans­port and Lo­gis­tics, is happy about the com­pany’s achieve­ments. She notes that suc­cess came as a re­sult of long and hard work. The po­ten­tial and ca­pac­ity of Balti­jas Ek­spre­sis al­lows for even more cargo. The ques­tion is about the tar­iffs. This com­pany and oth­ers that are si­t­u­ated in Ventspils and are part of BATL have proved their abil­ity to at­tract new car­goes. How­ever, in or­der to se­cure fu­ture devel­op­ment for the tran­sit in­dus­try, it is nec­es­sary to in­tro­duce a com­pet­i­tive and uni­fied tar­iff. Trans­port and lo­gis­tics, in­clud­ing tran­sit, is the sec­ond largest in­dus­try of state econ­omy. The en­tire in­dus­try and as­so­ci­ated busi­nesses em­ploy 80,000 peo­ple. This in­dus­try also pro­vides the na­tional econ­omy with one bil­lion eu­ros an­nu­ally. The 313% turnover in­crease achieved by Balti­jas Ek­spre­sis proves this, BATL pres­i­dent said.

Pan­therMe­dia/SCANPIX

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