Zeltins: Riga Freeport has to re­duce its de­pen­dence on bulk car­goes

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Riga Freeport Au­thor­ity should work on diver­si­fy­ing car­goes and re­duc­ing de­pen­dence on bulk car­goes, said the newly-ap­pointed CEO of Riga Freeport An­sis Zeltins in an in­ter­view Rīta Panorāma of LTV.

He notes that in the ten years the port has to prove its abil­ity to develop. «We have to work hard to di­ver­sify cargo, so that we are able to in­crease the in­flux of con­tainer and gen­eral car­goes, as well as re­duce de­pen­dence on bulk car­goes. The port has this po­ten­tial from a lo­gis­ti­cal and in­fra­struc­ture point of view,» said Zeltins. At the same time, he notes that this is not about the pos­si­ble re­duc­tion of bulk car­goes, but rather the change in pro­por­tion of car­goes han­dled by the port.

He also says the fact that Rus­sia has started de­vel­op­ing its ports is noth­ing new. «This risk has to be con­sid­ered. At the same time, Riga port has many ad­van­tages when it comes to dis­tance and lo­gis­tics,» said Zeltins.

He also said the tran­sit route con­nect­ing west with east has al­ways ex­isted. In ad­di­tion, ac­tive work to at­tract car­goes from China con­tin­ues. «It is not an easy process, nor is it a quick process. Nev­er­the­less, we all have to work to­gether,» said Zeltins.

The newly-ap­pointed CEO pre­dicts growth for the port in the near fu­ture.

BNN had pre­vi­ously re­ported that Riga Freeport Au­thor­ity unan­i­mously ap­proved An­sis Zeltins as the new CEO for the Freeport last week.

Zane Bitere/LETA

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