International Cooperation

Membership in organizations

Cruise Europe (CE)

Cruise Europe is a business-to-business network of cruise ports and destinations in Northern & Atlantic Europe. On behalf of its members, CE provides the broader cruise industry with a professional and reliable partnership adding value for the cruise lines and their guests. There are around 140 CE members in over 20 countries.

The aim of the organisation is to match the potential of the ongoing growth of the cruise industry.

Baltic Ports Organization (BPO)


The Baltic Ports Organization (BPO) is a regional ports organization inspiring and supporting its members while cooperating pro-actively with relevant partners. BPO’s aim is to facilitate cooperation among the ports and to monitor and improve the possibilities for shipping in the Baltic Sea region. Currently, included in BPO are 41 of the most significant ports in the 9 countries surrounding the Baltic Sea as well as 7 friendship members.

European Sea Port Organization (ESPO)

European Sea Ports Organisation ensures that seaports have a clear voice in the European Union. ESPO represents the common interests and promotes the common views and values of its members to the European institutions and its policy makers.

Organization assists its members in gaining a better understanding of policy initiatives of importance to the sector, as well as assists European policy makers in better understanding the role and importance of port authorities, based both on its extensive knowledge of the sector and on reliable information and data. ESPO is also engaged in a continuous dialogue with all European stakeholders in the port and maritime sector.

International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH)


IAPH comprises some 200 Regular Members – leading ports in 90 countries, who are public port authorities, private port operators, government agencies responsible for ports. IAPH Mission: promoting the interest of ports worldwide through strong member relationships, collaboration and information-sharing that help resolve common issues, advance sustainable practices and continually improve how ports serve the maritime industries.

German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania (AHK)


AHK is the official representative of German businesses in the Baltic States. One of its most important tasks is to consult German and Baltic businesses when entering the Baltic or German. AHK serves as a network platform for business contacts and offers an extensive range of commercial services, market research, information and advice. Within its network of three offices in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius the Chamber operates as a one-stop-shop for German and Baltic companies and represents the interests of its 400 members.

Worldwide Network of Port Cities (AIVP)

AIVP is the only international organisation that, for 30 years, has been bringing together all the public and private development stakeholders in port cities. It consists of elected representatives of cities and other local maritime and river organisations, port administrations and national authorities, urban and port operators, businesses established in port cities, service providers for port-city projects, architects, landscape architects and urban planners, Universities and research institutes.

The AIVP’s goal is to improve relations between port and city through dialogue and mutual cooperation. Organization supports its members in the implementation of new strategies that will enable them to face future changes.

International Harbour Masters Association (IHMA)

The International Harbour Masters Association is the professional body for with members in more than 50 countries, that brings together Harbour Masters and all those who hold a managerial position in aspects of the control of marine operations within a port.

The aim of IHMA is to unite those responsible for the safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sound conduct of marine operations in port waters into one professional body to further the objectives of IHMA.


World Free Zones Organization (WFZO)

The World Free Zones Organization is a global not-for-profit organization that provides one authoritative, collective voice representing the interests of free zones around the world. It also 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. 

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 cooperation 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 analyse 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 port in the country.

The main purpose of the cooperation agreement, which was entered into in 2004 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 North-western 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. 

A cooperation agreement between the Freeport of Riga Authority and Casablanca Port was signed in the end of 2008. The agreement stipulates the 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. 

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, 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, this port is the largest of Brazil and one of the busiest ports of Latin America. The Port of Santos is especially important for the São Paulo state’s economy. 

On 11th July 2011 the Port of Santos and the Freeport of Riga 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 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.

On 8th July 2014 the Dante B. Fascell Port of Miami-Dade and the Freeport of Riga signed an International Sister Seaport Agreement.

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 multifunctional port in Paraguay that is located in the city of Mariano Roque Alonso, north of the capital Asuncion, on the bank of Paraguay River. It also operates as a cargo distribution center by providing cargo consolidation, warehouse and customs services.

On 1 July 2016, the cooperation agreement was signed between Freeport of Riga Authority and the General Authority of the Asuncion, port “Puerto Fenix”. 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. 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 6 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, located on Haizhou Bay on the coastline of Jiangsu Province. Port handles inland and international cargo, providing combined maritime-railway transport services and solutions. 

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. 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