Augulis: Latvia can offer access to sea for distribution of goods
Latvian Transport Minister Uldis Augulis and Chinese Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng discussed the cooperation developed between Latvia and China in the past twelve months. The two officials agreed to continue working on improvements for cargo transports via railway. On Tuesday, 16 May, Augulis and Xiaopeng met in Beijing to discuss international initiative One Belt, One Road, which includes transport connections on the Eurasian continent.
«Cooperation continues in cargo transports via railway. We plan to send the second train to China this week. In exchange, we expect China to send a fully-loaded train to Latvia,» Augulis said.
He continues: «We still have to work on making this route more efficient and regular. But I am confident that together we can make it a transit connection of regional importance.»
The minister also mentioned during his visit to Beijing that Latvia is interested in becoming involved in the Great Stone China-Belarus Industrial Park’s transit route, ensuring access to the sea for further distribution of goods. We cooperate with Germany’s Duisburg port on a government level to make the Chongqing-Duisburg container transport route more efficient and divert part of Scandinavia-bound cargoes through Latvia. «Chinese businessmen are invited to use opportunities and develop logistics centres and industrial parks at Latvia’s ports and special economic zone. This will not only secure them with benefits but also simplify and make access to EU, Russian, Belarusian and Kazakhstan markets more transparent,» Augulis said.
He also invited his Chinese colleague to visit Latvia.