The port of Riga is the largest port in Latvia and the second largest port in the Baltic States. In 2019 32.8 million tons of various cargo were handled in the port, which is 53% of all seabound cargo handled in Latvian ports.
The Freeport of Riga is a multifunctional port and various types of cargo – dry bulk cargo, liquid bulk cargo and general cargo – can be handled at its terminals. The Freeport of Riga and the companies operating in the port are ready to provide non-standard solutions and are able to handle any cargo, including oversize and non-standard cargo.
The main types of cargo handled in the port of Riga are coal, timber, containers, oil products, cereals, metals and fertilizers.
About 70% of the Freeport of Riga's cargo turnover is transit cargo.Due to its advantageous geographical location, the Port of Riga has historically developed as a transit port connecting markets of Europe and of other parts of the Eurasian continent, including Russia, Central Asia and China.
In recent years, the share of Latvia's export and import cargo has been significantly increasing at the Freeport of Riga. Latvia's exports via the Freeport of Riga have increased by more than 80% in the last decade, and the share of Latvian goods in the total volume of shipped cargo has already reached one third.
The Freeport of Riga is the largest cargo provider for Latvian railway carriers. In 2019, the railway cargo sent to and received from the port of Riga accounted for 47% of the total traffic of the SJSC “Latvijas dzelzceļš”.
In 2019 3489 vessels with a total tonnage of 45.7 million GT called the port.
In 2019, 870 thousand passengers visited the port of Riga and the passenger turnover record was reached again.
Daily passenger traffic in the port of Riga is provided by Tallink regular line ferries on the route Riga - Stockholm. In 2019, 799 thousand passengers traveled by Tallink ferries calling the Freeport of Riga, which is an absolute record in the history of the route and makes up 92% of all passengers served in the port.
The active cruise season in Riga lasts from April to October. During the cruise season of 2019 81 cruise ships and 69.2 thousand cruise passengers were guests of the Freeport of Riga. Passengers from 121 countries visited Riga in the framework of the Baltic Sea cruises. Most cruise tourists came from Germany, the United States, Great Britain, Finland, Australia, Russia and Canada
The Freeport of Riga business cluster
The Freeport of Riga business cluster consists of the Freeport of Riga Authority and approximately 200 private companies operating in the Freeport, including:
- 34 cargo handling terminals
- 26 warehousing service providers, including 17 customs warehouses
- 6 manufacturing companies
- 3 shipbuilding and repair companies
- 8 bunkering and tug service providers
- 27 ship agency companies
- 90 various port service providers
Successful operation of merchants working in the port, adaptation to changing market requirements, introduction of modern technologies, attraction of new types of cargo and businesses are the pillars of the Freeport of Riga competitiveness.
The Freeport of Riga Business Cluster – i.e. the Freeport of Riga Authority and the companies operating in the territory of the port - employs 4254 people. According to estimates successful operation of the Freeport of Riga provides about 10,000 additional jobs in related industry sectors – e.g. railway and road transport, cargo handling, distribution and logistics.
According to the think- tank CERTUS, each ton of cargo handled at the Freeport of Riga contributes to Latvia's GDP in the amount of 10.7 EUR. In 2019, by handling 32.8 million tons of cargo, the Freeport of Riga cluster increased Latvia's GDP by EUR 350 million.
The contribution of the Freeport of Riga to the state and municipal budgets is impressive - the companies of the port cluster pay more than 30 million EUR in taxes every year.
For more information on port performance indicators please contact:
- inga.france [at] rop.lv, +371 670 308 69
- Freeport of Riga Authority
- 12 Kalpaka blvd, Riga, Latvia, LV-1010