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DP World pours €130 million into Romania to bolster European trade

Global logistics provider DP World has announced a €130 million investment in three new facilities in Romania. One of the main aims of the investment is to consolidate Constanta's position as a key hub for European trade and stimulate economic growth across the region.

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The investments are concentrated in three key locations. Romania’s largest container port on the Black Sea, Constanta, will receive a €65 million injection. This includes a new 5-hectare ‘project’ cargo terminal designed for oversized and complex cargo, as well as a new ‘roll-on, roll-off’ terminal capable of handling up to 80,000 vehicles per year. A further €50 million is earmarked for a new multi-transport platform in Constanta, due to open in 2025.

Located in Romania’s industrial heartland, Aiud is benefiting from a €21 million investment in a new 8-hectare ‘intermodal’ logistics hub. This facility will link rail and road networks, facilitating the movement of goods across the region.

These new additions aim to strengthen DP World’s existing network of sea, rail, barge, and truck services within Romania. The improved connectivity is expected to streamline the flow of goods between mainland Europe, the Black Sea, the North Sea, and the Adriatic Sea.

This investment marks the 20th anniversary of DP World’s presence in Romania, the first European country it expanded into. The company has witnessed significant growth in the region, contributing to the development of Constanta port and the wider Romanian economy.

Looking ahead, DP World anticipates its latest investment to encourage businesses to relocate or expand manufacturing facilities in Romania. This trend, known as “nearshoring” and “reshoring” is gaining traction in Europe due to geopolitical tensions. The automotive sector exemplifies this trend, with established manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz, Renault-owned Dacia, and Ford already having a presence in Romania. The new RO-RO terminal is expected to benefit not just Romania, but also neighbouring countries like Hungary, Poland, and Turkey, by strengthening regional supply chains.

“Romania’s dynamic economy is well-positioned to capitalise on the rise of nearshoring and manufacturing. DP World is committed to building on our strong relationship with Romania and leveraging our latest investments to support the country’s growing role in regional trade and economic development,” said Rashid Abdulla, CEO and Managing Director of DP World Europe.