Freight turnover at Latvia’s seaports up on 2021 levels

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Figures released by Latvia’s Ministry of Transport covering the first 11 months of 2022 show that freight turnover at the country’s seaports is higher compared to the same period in 2021.

Freight turnover at Latvia’s seaports up on 2021 levels
Photo: Alet123, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (image cropped)

In total, across Latvia’s seaports, freight turnover from the start of January until the end of November was 43.5 million tonnes. This represents a 15.3% rise on the figure recorded in the same period last year.

Commenting on the figures, Jānis Vitenbergs, Latvia’s Minister of Transport, said:

“Latvia’s seaport and railway freight turnover for eleven months of 2022 indicates that since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and implementation of sanctions against Russia and Belarus, the sector has successfully adapted to the current geopolitical situation. We are searching for new opportunities, forming new alternative logistical chains for freight transportation, and more emphasis is put on attracting freight from new markets.”

Looking at the ports individually, the Freeports of Riga and Liepaja recorded 9.5% increases, while the Freeport of Ventspils saw a significant 32.3% rise.

According to Latvia’s Transport Ministry, the total increase in freight turnover was caused by a rise in coal shipments, containers, Ro-Ro freight, lumber and animal feed segments.


Photo: Alet123, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (image cropped)

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