Cargo handling

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The Freeport of Riga is a multifunctional port, it is ready to transship all kinds of cargo, forwarded from various regions.

The Freeport of Riga is an important transportation hub of the cargo transshipment corridor that links the goods’ production and consumer markets of the European Union and the CIS countries. The Freeport of Riga is effectively connected to the TEN-T road and rail network, as well as to the Motorways of the Sea, which provides an effective use of different transportation modes within the freight traffic chain, as well as optimization of costs. Due to shorter distance advantage compared to the neighboring ports, Riga provides the best conditions for development of economic ties. Latvian border with Russia and Belarus is the most important factor fostering development of stable and mutually beneficial business contacts.

In 2014 41,1 million tons of various cargo were handled at the port and over the past decade its cargo turnover increased by an average of 5% per year. According to the cargo turnover of 2014, the port of Riga was the largest port in the Baltic States and the fourth largest port on the Eastern coast of the Baltic Sea, providing transshipment of 10,3% of the total cargo turnover of the ports, located on the Eastern coast of the Baltic Sea.

In 2014 dry bulk cargo represented 58% of all cargo handled at the port, while general cargo and liquid bulk cargo accounted for 17% and 25% respectively of the total volume of handled cargo.

The port is a multifunctional one, and the major cargo groups in regards of the volume are coal, oil products, timber, chemical dry bulk cargo, containers, ore and metals. In 2014 for the first time in the history of the port the quantity of the transshipped containers exceeded 387 000 TEU.

35 stevedore companies operate at the port in 2015 and 36 companies provide cargo storage services.