International Cooperation

Membership in organizations

Cruise Europe (CE)

In order to popularize and develop cruise traffic in Northern and Western Europe, 27 European ports established the Cruise Europe Organization. At the moment more than 100 ports participate in this organization. The organization not only promotes the activities of its members but also maintains close contacts with cruise lines and operators, taking care of navigational SOLAS safety and the surrounding environment as well as of the improvement of facilities offered by the ports.

Baltic Ports Organization (BPO)


Included in BPO, Baltic Ports Organization are forty or more of the most significant ports in the nine countries on all sides of the Baltic Sea with total throughput of more than 800 MLN tons a year The main objective for BPO is to improve the competitiveness of maritime transport in the Baltic region by increasing the efficiency of ports, marketing the Baltic Sea region as the strategic logistics centre, improving the infrastructure within the ports and the connection to other modes.

European Sea Port Organization (ESPO)

ESPO represents the seaports of the Member States of the European Union and has observer members from countries of the European Free Trade Association, accession countries to the EU and European countries in general. The principal task for the ESPO is to represent the interests of port authorities, as well as to achieve maximum effectiveness of the European ports in the nearest future and to strive towards this goal by simplifying and co-coordinating traffic procedures, promoting the electronic data exchange that will replace innumerable piles of paper documents, wherever possible.

International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH)


The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) were established with the view to represent navigation interests on a global scale. Today the Association comprises 230 world ports in 90 countries, which co-operate in various fields, as well as about 150 associated organizations representing navigation industry. Approximately 60% of the world maritime trade and 80% of the world container traffic is passing through the IAPH ports.

German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce in Latvia


German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (AHK) provides support to entrepreneurs from the Baltic states who consultations in order to start up or develop their businesses in Germany, Latvia, Lithuania or Estonia. Services offered by AHK are especially appropriate for the needs of small and medium size enterprises.

International Association of Cities and Ports (AIVP)

The AIVP was created in 1988 on the initiative of cities, ports and their institutional and economic partners to create a permanent structure for the exchange of information and contacts in order to follow projects through in the best possible conditions. The AIVP is an international network of economic and political bodies representing port cities. The AIVP is the only organisation, which furthers exchanges of information and contacts between the world of the city and that of the port. The AIVP is a network for benchmarking and promoting the city-port, acknowledged by public authorities and international institutions.

International Harbormaster Association (IHMA)

The International Harbour Masters Association is a non-profit making professional body that unites Harbour Masters around the world. The principal objective of IHMA is to promote safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sound conduct of Marine Operations in Port water and their approaches, as well as to represent the professional position, interests and opinion of harbor masters in international, regional and national scope.


World Free Zones Organization (WFZO)

Free zones have been instrumental in developing the economies of many countries around the world. WFZO is organization that represents their interests to the international community and acts as platform for the exchange of ideas and best operational practices. One of organization’s key objectives is to raise awareness of the benefits that free zones can bring.

Freeport of Riga Authority became a member of WFZO in February 2015.


Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation (CCTT)

The Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation (CCTT) International Association is a non-commercial transport association with an open-ended duration, registered in the Switzerland in 1997.

The major objectives of the CCTT are:

  • coordination of interaction between all participants of the transportation on the Trans-Siberian Route (TSR);
  • participation in the development of legal documents regulating the transportation on the TSR;
  • formulation of proposals to boost traffic volumes through the TSR;
  • formulation of proposals to eliminate the factors, hampering transit and foreign cargo attraction to the Trans-Siberian Route;
  • participation in activities of other public and transport organizations within its competence.

Presently the CCTT has more than 100 member societies from 23 countries, including railways of Europe, Asia and the CIS states, leading shipping companies, operators and forwarders, ports and stevedoring companies, state organizations, administrations and municipalities, telecom and marketing companies, security services and mass media. The Freeport of Riga became a member of CCTT in September 2014.


Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)

Established in 1975, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment and is dedicated to promoting the cruise travel experience.

Membership in this organization provides an opportunity for cooperation with the world’s largest cruise line operators, thus facilitating the development of the cruise sector in the port.

The Freeport of Riga Authority became a member of CLIA in June 2018.



The Port of Santander


The Port of Santander is located on Spain's northern coast, in the capital of the autonomous community of Cantabria. Located on Spain’s north central coast, it is conveniently located as a base of trade with the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, and many countries in South America. It also enjoys commercial trade with Russia, Baltic countries, South Africa, Japan, and China, making it a truly global port. The mouth of the port is 18 meters deep and 1700 meters wide. The Passenger Terminal at the Port of Santander is located near the city center and commercial areas and can accommodate vessels up to 439 meters.

On 8 May 2001, a sister-ports agreement was entered into with the Port of Santander (Cantabria, Spain) for the purpose of achieving a stable institutional Cupertino model between the Port Authorities. This agreement promotes trade and business relations among enterprises and companies of the port association, exchange of the latest information, establishing of a working group with the view to analyze the possibilities of attracting new technical and financial resources.

The Port of Le Havre

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The port of Le Havre is situated on the right bank of the River Seine estuary in the North-Western France. It is the second largest French port and the fifth largest North-European port. The shipping conditions are adapted to the largest vessels and it has a strategic location as the first main port called at in Northern Europe. With its wide range of port terminals, the port of Le Havre can process every type of cargo, as well as it can accommodate cruise ships.

The main purpose of the cooperation agreement with the port of Le Havre is to promote the information exchange regarding the port development and environment protection issues.

The Port of Casablanca

The port of Casablanca is located on Morocco’s Northwestern shores, on the Atlantic Ocean. It is the one of the largest and the most important ports in Morocco and North Africa. The port is also considered to be the largest artificial port in the world. It transships more than 20 million tons of cargo every year. Furthermore, the port has a very important role in the economy of country as it employs 56% of all industrial workers in Morocco.

In the end of 2008, the cooperation agreement between the Freeport of Riga Authority and Casablanca Port was signed, that stipulated identification and implementation of all necessary measures with the aim to promote international cooperation of port services in property management and development areas, by using the latest IT solutions in cargo storage and inventory control.

The Port of Rijeka

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The port of Rijeka is located on Kvarner Bay off the Adriatic Sea and lies on a narrow strip of land between the Adriatic and the Julian Alps. It is the most important and largest port in Croatia. The port is located where the Adriatic Sea retracts most deeply into the European continent, and this geo-transport location is naturally the most convenient exit to the open sea for Croatia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic. The main advantage of the port of Rijeka, in comparison with competitive ports, is its natural sea depth in the bay, as well as in the port areas (up to 60m). Compared to the ports of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, the main advantage is the shortest sea route between Europe and the Near, Middle and Far East.

In 2008, the Freeport of Riga Authority signed a cooperation agreement with the port of Rijeka. The main purpose of the agreement is the exchange of information and experience regarding the flow of goods, application and introduction of new port technologies, the ports’ development and security measures in ports, environmental protection, as well as potential clients. The agreement also provides a framework for a joint advertising support and for miscellaneous activities.

The Port of Santos

Located in the city of Santos-SP, this port is the largest of Brazil and one of the busiest ports of Latin America, currently serving 26 Brazilian states. In 2017 its total cargo turnover was 129,9 million tons. The Port of Santos is especially important for the São Paulo state’s economy, around 90% of its industrial base is located within a radius of 200 kilometers from the port. The port operation provides for 28% of the Brazilian foreign trade volume.

On 11th July 2011 the Port of Santos (Brazil) and the Freeport of Riga (Latvia) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim to promote more active cooperation between the two ports. The Parties shall exchange information on port standards, regulations and laws that may contribute to the development of both Parties, and improve the efficiency of port operation. In particular, it refers to the port computerization procedures. The signatories of the Memorandum agreed on cooperation, with a view to identify actions to be taken in order to promote trade between the two countries.

The Dante B. Fascell Port of Miami-Dade (Port of Miami)

The Dante B. Fascell Port of Miami, now stylized as PortMiami, is a seaport located in Biscayne Bay in Miami (Florida, United States). PortMiami is recognized, and has been for many years, as the "Cruise Capital of the World" and "Cargo Gateway of the Americas". Today it is the largest and busiest cruise port in the world - it processed close to 4.9 million multi-day passengers in 2016. The Port of Miami is an island port that is spread across an area of over 600 acres. As one of the leading container ports in the United States, it transports approximately 7 million tons of cargo every year. The Port of Miami additionally serves clients in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa. On 8th July 2014 the Dante B. Fascell Port of Miami-Dade (United States of America) and the Freeport of Riga (Latvia) signed an International Sister Seaport Agreement.

Port of Tallinn

Port of Tallinn is a company owned by the Republic of Estonia. Its strategic goal is to develop the competitiveness of Estonia as a maritime country. Port of Tallinn is the biggest port authority in Estonia. In order to fit effectively into the competitive environment, it underwent a complete restructuring process in the mid-1990s by developing from a service port into a port of landlord type. Port of Tallinn handled 20.1 million tons of cargo and served 10.2 million passengers throughout the year 2016. 

In October 2003 the port of Tallinn and the Freeport of Riga Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

Port of Corrientes

Port of Corrientes is located on the left bank of the Paraná River in the North-Eastern Argentina. The port handles oil products, containers, dry bulk cargoes and timber. It also can accommodate passenger ships and recreational vessels.

In April 2016 between Freeport of Riga Authority and the province of Corrientes was signed the protocol of intent with the aim to enhance cooperation of both ports, particularly in the following fields: exchange of information between both port communities; port standards, regulations, rules and provisions; management and enhancement of port public domain; development of different port cargoes; port management and engineering; protection of port environment, safety and security; maintenance of port facilities; information systems.

Port “Puerto Fenix”

Puerto Fenix is a private port in Paraguay that is located in the city of Mariano Roque Alonso, north of the capital Asuncion. It was opened in 2004 as the only multipurpose port in Paraguay. Puerto Fenix handles containers, general cargoes and grain. Port is located on the bank of Paraguay River and thanks to well-developed river traffic it handles cargoes from Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. Puerto Fenix also operates as a dry port and cargo distribution center by providing cargo consolidation, warehouse and customs services.

On 1 July 2016 between Freeport of Riga Authority and the General Authority of the Asuncion, port “Puerto Fenix” was signed the cooperation agreement. It stipulates the free exchange of information related to activities in each port, seeking of opportunities for cooperation in developing both ports with the aim to improve their efficiency, and the cooperation with members of their port communities to identify the necessary activities to promote the development of trade between the two countries.

Batumi Sea Port

Batumi Sea Port is located on the coast of Black Sea in the southwestern part of Georgia. Its area is more than 22 hectares. Although the main part of the cargo turnover consists of oil and oil products, the port can handle any type of cargo as well as accommodate passenger ships.

On 6th October 2016 the Freeport of Riga and the Batumi Sea Port signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim to jointly work on exploring issues of common interest and look for areas of future cooperation.

The port of Lianyungang:

The port of Lianyungang is a port of China, which handles inland and international cargo, providing combined maritime-railway transport services and solutions. In 2016 over 220 million tons of cargo and 4.65 million TEU containers were handled in the port of Lianyungang, making it the 10th largest port in China.

In September 2017, a Memorandum on Strategic Cooperation was signed between the Freeport of Riga Authority and the Port of Lianyungang, with the goal to promote the development of multi-modal transport services and solutions in the Eurasian land transport corridor.

The Port of Shenzhen:

The Port of Shenzhen is one of the largest and fastest-growing container ports in the world. In 2017, the port handled 25.2 million of TEU containers, which placed it in 3rd among the busiest container ports in the world. The port handles on average 560 container ships a month.

In June 2018, between the Freeport of Riga and the Shenzhen Port was signed an agreement on the establishment of sister port relationship. This agreement is aimed at promoting cooperation between the two ports as well as actively exchanging information and experience in port planning, management and development.


Cooperation agreements

The Free Economic Zone “Minsk”

Belarussian Universal Commodity Exchange

Society for Promotion of Latvian-Belarusian Economic Relations