Posts tagged ‘Russia’

15. Marin Hili, Baltic Container Terminal Ltd. EXCELLENT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES.

            Baltic Container Terminal Limited (BCT) is a privately owned container terminal operating within Free Zone of Riga Freeport. BCT today is one of the biggest container terminals in the Baltics in terms of container throughput thanks, in part, to its status as the leading entry point from the Baltic states to the important Russian and European markets.

            Riga has traditionally been considered as the Western end of the Trans-Siberian Railway. BCT is positioning itself as the Gateway via Latvia to act as a main distribution center in the Baltic Region. The western style of management being adopted is ensuring the highest productivity levels in the region. This ensures smooth running of operations guaranteeing cost effectiveness and safety. Moreover BCT enjoys a very harmonious relationship with its workforce and no industrial disruptions are experienced.

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12. A.Sivak, Chief of the Belorussian Railway. Belorussian Railway as a Reliable Link that Ensures Cargo Transit Between Europe and Asia.

Steady and effective functioning of Pan-European transport system is one of the necessary conditions for the development of the states economies. Belarus Republic, being a key transit country has a transportation system connecting Russia with  countries of Asian-Pacific Ocean region and countries of the European Union, pays increased attention to questions of international collaboration in the area of cargo and passenger transport organization.

Belorussian railway is a modern and well developed transport system having length of 5.5 thousand kilometers and carrying about 75% of all republic cargo transportation and more than 50% passenger transportation. It is the most effective, reliable and popular means of transport and, furthermore, it possesses necessary infrastructure that has sufficient reserves of spacing and carrying ability.  Belorussian railway is located at joint of railroads of different track width and is a unique transport bridge, which connects Europe and Asia. 

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11. V. I. Yakunin, President of JSC Russian Railways. Russian Railways.

Russia and Latvia are two links in a uniform transportation system that spans the entire Eurasia.

Cargo traffic between Central Asia and Ukraine, Belarus and EU states generate the bulk of transportation flows running through our countries. These transportation flows primarily reflect sustainable economic relations in the area which railway people call the “1520 Stretch”. Our countries share a uniform standard of 1520 mm wheel track, which is different from the European 1435 mm gauge railway lines. 

Transportation volumes are expected to grow led by continuous business recovery in respective countries and growth of export capacity.

Within the Eurasian transportation system the Baltic Region’s geographical location offers certain advantages arising from a well-developed transportation infrastructure. Besides, the Region boasts a wealth of history, especially regarding trade routes dating back to the Hanse Union times. 

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10. A.V.Krastiņš, professor RTU, Latvia – External Border of EU and High Quality Education for Customs Professionals.

The Latvian Customs together with other national customs authorities implement the EU common customs policy and ensure smooth flow of trade among EU Member States as well as customs control at the external borders of the Community.

The Latvian Customs have proved to be a professional administrator of an international level being able to protect the interests of all EU Member States and to guarantee the protection of the single market and safety of the Community’s citizens.

The importance of the customs services in our country is set by the geographical location of Latvia. The land border Latvia-Russia (245 km) and Latvia-Belarus (161 km) is also the external border of the EU. Customs control is ensured at 31 customs control points which include 12 inland and 19 EU’s external border crossing points – on roads and railways, at sea ports, Riga International Airport and international postal delivery points.

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9. I.Kabashkin, professor TTI, Latvia as Logistics and Transit Centre.

Transportation sector is becoming one of the most dynamic and fast growing sectors in Latvian economy. And even more, this sector is taking the leading positions in the country’s economic development. Due to the country’s favorable geographic situation, Latvia has already become an important trade partner between West and East South and North.

Latvian transport policy is in full compliance with the European Union’s requirements and the country’s transportation network has become an integral part of the EU Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). Latvia is actively utilizing available EU funds for the improvement of the country’s transport infrastructures.

Today the advantage of geographic position of Latvia has increased dramatically. The border of Latvia is the border of two large unions – European Union and Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia. This fact open new transport and trade opportunities for domestic and international companies first of all through the three large ports in Latvia (Ventspils, Riga, Liepaja) that are all part of TEN-T and seven small ports (Salacgriva, Skulte, Lielupe, Engure, Mersrags, Roja, Pavilosta). The inestimable advantage of major ports is their favourable geographical position, ice-free conditions and excellent  railway connections with Eurasian Economic Community’s  hinterland.

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4. A.Gerasimenko, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus. Cooperation Between Belarus and Latvia in the Transit Area

Belarus remains one of the most important partners of Latvia in the transit area. Belarusian goods take second place in transit of cargo volumes by rail and transshipment in ports. For our country Latvia with its system of railway communication and advanced port infrastructure was, is and will be one of the most important partners in the market of international transport, including the framework of the Eurasian transport corridor.

Two trans-European transport corridors go through the territory of Belarus, their total length is 1520 km. More than one million transit cargo vehicles are passing them annually.

With a view to increase the attractiveness of the Belarusian directions in the development of the European Union’s trade with Asian countries Belarus is actively working on the establishment of a modern logistics infrastructure. It is planned that it will serve the trade flows in the direction from the EU to Russia, Kazakhstan, and China. Great opportunities of transit potential of the Republic of Belarus are opened by its membership in the Customs Union and the ongoing work on the establishment of a single economic space of Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan.

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3. A. Veshnyakov, Ambassador of Russian Federation. Cooperation of Russia and Latvia as an Example of Good-Neighborliness and Mutual Respect.

Russia plans to expand its cooperation with Latvia basing on the principles of good-neighborliness and mutual respect. This was clearly demonstrated during the summit in Moscow that took place in December 2010 and contributed to the development of the positive vector in the relations between Russia and Latvia.

Among the countries of the Baltic region Latvia maintains its leading positions in trading with Russia. According to the data of the Russian FCS at the end of 2010 the goods turnover of the two countries rose by 43% if compared to the previous year and reached $6.4 billion. From January to June 2011 the volume of mutual trade made up to $4.4 billion (growth by 35%), with export and import experiencing steady increase to $4.1 billion (+36%) and $0.3 billion (+26%). Energy resources predominated in the structure of Russian export and food and chemical products (mostly pharmaceutical) took the leading positions in import. If this rate of growth continues, in 2011 the trade turnover between Russia and Latvia will reach $8.0 billion.

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