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20.08.2018
INCREASING IMPORTS OF FERTILIZER VIA GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT

In July companies active in Moldova’s agricultural sector started to import fertilizer in big bags via Giurgiulesti International Free Port, which was delivered to Giurgiulesti in maritime vessels from Russian Black Sea ports.

Since the first delivery on July 25, Danube Logistics SRL, the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port, has already facilitated the import of more than 10,000 tons of fertilizer. In order to reduce the time required to discharge each vessel Danube Logistics SRL acquired special equipment enabling the simultaneous unloading / loading of up to 12 big bags.

Thomas Moser, the general director of Danube Logistics SRL, stated: “I am confident that the transshipment of fertilizer at Giurgiulesti International Free Port will develop into one of our main activities in the coming years. The delivery of fertilizer from Black Sea or Mediterranean ports to Moldova in maritime vessels is reliable and cost effective.”

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19.07.2018
ORGANIC GRAIN TERMINAL OPERATED BY PROGRAIN ORGANIC SRL OPENED AT GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT

On Thursday, July 19, ProGrain Organic SRL opened the organic grain processing, conditioning and storage facility at the premises of Giurgiulesti International Free Port. The total area of the terminal is 3.250m2 and so far the volume of investments exceeded $1.5 million. At the moment 2.000 tons of organic grain stored at the new terminal are waiting to be exported to western and central European countries. This year the company plans to export about 20.000 tons of organic grain. ProGrain Organic  SRL exports its cargo mainly in sea containers in partnership with Danube Logistics SRL, the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port.

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29.06.2018
GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT CELEBRATES DANUBE DAY

On Friday, 29th of June Moldova joined in celebrating the Danube Day in Giurgiulesti. As part of the event Danube Logistics, the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port, organized a picnic reception overlooking the Danube at the port premises.

Traditionally, over 80 Moldovan and international guests seized this beautiful occasion to feel the true spirit of Danube which connects citizens and businesses from 10 European countries and provides Moldova with direct access to the Black Sea. Among the honorable guests were Ms. Angela Sax, president of EBRD office to Moldova, Ms. Lucy Joyce, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Moldova, Dr. Julia Monar, the Ambassador of Germany to Moldova and Antonio Castillo, head of EIB office to Moldova. Representatives of local and central authorities together with mayors of the nearby villages where happy to join on this wonderful occasion Thomas Moser, director general of Danube Logistics SRL.

Guests of the event enjoyed the amazing view on Danube River relishing flavorous wines from Vinaria din Vale and refreshing drinks provided by Coca Cola Company. As well as last year „Bunica beats the drum” from Valeni was happy to perform traditional Moldovian songs along with her husband and an orchestra band from Cahul.

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13.06.2018
DANUBE LOGISTICS DELIVERED THE CARBON FOOTPRINT REPORT ON GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT FOR 2017

Danube Logistics has developed the Carbon Footprint Report for 2017 in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol. The emission sources included in the carbon footprint report refer to generated CO2 emissions respectively to the emissions equivalent to CO2. The inventory was developed for the year 2017 at the premises of Giurgiulesti International Free Port.

In accordance with a control-based approach Danube Logistics calculated the CO2 emissions of these operational activities that actually can be influenced by the company. The calculations are based on real measurements of fuel and energy consumption ensuring a high level of accuracy of the results.

Following the findings of this report Danube Logistics strives to identify suitable measures in order to reduce carbon footprint emissions.

Report available in «Downloads» directory.

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19.05.2018
A GROUP OF STUDENTS OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF DEFENSE STUDIES (RCDS) VISITS GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT

On Saturday 19 of May a group of civilian and military experts met with representatives of Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) where Mathias von Tucher, Operations Director of Danube Logistics SRL conducted a short tour of the port and answered various questions. Foreign guests where happy to find out more about GIFP and its development as one of the most important logistics hub in Moldova and the region. The official visit to GIFP concluded the study trip to the Republic of Moldova, 13-19 May.

The Royal College of Defense Studies (RCDS) instructs senior officers of the Armed Forces and Civil Service in defense and international security matters at the highest level, to prepare them for the top posts. It forms part of the Defense Academy of the United Kingdom.

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27.04.2018
FIREFIGHTING EXERCISE CONDUCTED AT THE PREMISES OF GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT

On 26th of April, at the premises of Giurgiulesti International Free Port, the Civil Protection and Emergency Situations Service of Moldova, together with Danube Logistics SRL conducted one of its regular emergency exercises within the Oil Terminal operated by Danube Logistics. The purpose of the exercise was to decrease the reaction time and synchronize the actions of firefighters and employees of the Oil Terminal. In order to test the vigilance of the firefighting brigade and the capacity of joint intervention, extinguishing of a fire was simulated at the premises of the Oil Terminal at Giurgiulesti International Free Port.

Video reportage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFiJbnkk7ak&feature=youtu.be

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20.02.2018
DANUBE LOGISTICS SRL STARTED TO SHIP MOLDOVAN WINE VIA GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT (GIFP) TO KAZAKHSTAN

Recently Danube Logistics SRL, general investor and operator of GIFP, shipped for the first time bottled wine products in a 40’ft. Container from Giurgiuesti to Kazakhstan. The cargo was delivered to the Russian port of Novorossiysk and subsequently transported by railway to Kostanay in Kazakhstan within 30 days.

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16.02.2018
MINISTER OF ECONOMY GABURICI VISITS GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT

On Saturday, February 10 the Minister of Economy of Moldova, Chiril Gaburici paid an official visit to Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) where Thomas Moser, general director of Danube Logistics SRL conducted a short tour of the port and discussed challenges faced by GIFP in its development as one of the most important logistics hub in Moldova and the region.
During the meeting newly appointed Minister of Economy, Chiril Gaburici stated that he will continue to lobby the implementation of the host agreement on Giurgiulesti International Free Port by government. Gaburici mentioned that the rehabilitation of the segment Ciumai-Vulcănești of the M3 Road will start soon and is expected to be refurbished within 2 years.
As part of the short tour, the official delegation witnessed loading of corn to a maritime vessel, visited the container and general cargo terminal, mixed-gauge rail terminal, as well as the port’s business park.

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09.11.2017
INCREASING EXPORT OF WINE IN FLEXI TANKS VIA GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT

During the first 10 months of this year the export of wine in flexi-tanks via Giurgiulesti International Free Port has almost doubled compared to the same period of last year. Flexi-tanks are installed by Danube Logistics SRL in standard sea containers for the cost efficient shipment of non-hazardous liquids such as wine, water, vegetable oil and fruit juice concentrates. By transporting wine in 24,000 liters flexi-tanks bulk wine exporters can significantly reduce their logistics expenses.
For flexi-tank shipments Danube Logistics SRL co-operates with Transocean Bulk Logistics — a subsidiary of JF Hillebrand, the world’s leading logistics service supplier for beverages. So far the main destinations of wine exports in flexi-tanks via Giurgiulesti International Free Port were Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada and China.
Danube Logistics SRL is a multi-modal logistics service supplier as well as the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port.

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21.07.2017
PRESIDENT DODON VISITS GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT

On 27th July 2017 President Igor Dodon paid an official visit to Giurgiulesti International Free Port where Thomas Moser, general director of Danube Logistics SRL, conducted a tour of the facilities for the head of the state and the official delegation.
As part of the short tour Igor Dodon witnessed loading of grain to a maritime vessel, visited the container and general cargo terminal as well as the port’s business park. President noted to the journalists accompanying him on his trip:
„I am proud that between 2005-2009 I was responsible from the Government side for the implementation and development of this project. Giurgiulesti port is an object of strategic importance for our country, which ensures the development of trade both with the countries of the West and with the East. Government should do its utmost to ensure the development of this facility of major importance for our country”, concluded the head of the state.

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04.07.2017
GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT CELEBRATES DANUBE DAY

On Thursday, 29th of June Moldova joined in celebrating the Danube Day in Giurgiulesti. As part of the event Danube Logistics, the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port, organized a picnic reception overlooking the Danube at the port premises.
Traditionally, over 80 Moldovan and international guests seized this beautiful occasion to feel the true spirit of Danube which connects citizens and businesses from 10 European countries and provides Moldova with direct access to the Black Sea. Among the honorable guests were Ms. Christine Freilinger, the Austrian Ambassador to Moldova, Ms. Lucy Joyce, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Moldova, Ms. Signe Burgstaller, the Ambassador of Sweden to Moldova and Mr. Pascal Vagogne, Ambassador of the French Republic to Moldova. The European Business Association team along with its Director Mariana Rufa as well as local authorities and mayors of the neighboring villages were happy to join Mr. Thomas Moser, general director of Danube Logistics SRL and his colleagues in celebrating the Danube Day.
Guests of the event enjoyed the perfect summer weather together with cold chardonnay and rose wine from Vinaria din Vale and refreshing drinks provided by Coca Cola Company. As well as last year „Bunica beats the drum” from Valeni was happy to perform traditional Moldovian songs along with her husband and an orchestra band from Cahul.

Running commentary: http://www.prime.md/ro/ziua-internationala-a-dunarii-evenimentul-a-fost-marcat-cu-mare-fast-in-moldova_57897.html

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09.06.2017
ANTITERRORISM EXERCISE CARRIED OUT AT THE PREMISES OF GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT

On May 25 the international antiterrorism exercise “Strong Border 2017” was finalized by the Information and Security Service of the Republic of Moldova (SIS) and the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU). The tactical and applicative exercise aimed at verifying the specific crisis management procedures and identifying the most optimal solutions for cooperation and interoperability between authorities responsible for preventing and combating terrorism.
The operation took place at the Moldo-Ukrainan border area, including the premises of Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP), where alert and response mechanisms of the Moldavian Special Forces were tested and reviewed. The Security Department of Danube Logistics took the international exercise as an opportunity to test the vigilance of its personnel in emergency situations.
Danube Logistics hosted the official part of the event, where the results of the antiterrorism exercise where presented to the press by Alexandru Balan, the Vice Director of SIS and his Ukrainian counterpart.

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23.03.2017
DANUBE LOGISTICS PARTICIPATED AT THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE EU CO-FUNDED DAPhNE PROJECT IN BUDAPEST

Danube Logistics is an associated member of the DAPhNE project, which aims at establishing a well-managed working platform (Danube Port Network) meant to tackle inefficiencies in the regulatory framework, port management and port development practice with the help of guidelines, recommendations and concrete pilot activities based on best practices leading to an overall development strategy and action plan. The solutions elaborated by the consortium will be shared with more than 60 Danube ports as possible blueprints.

On February 20 representatives of Danube Logistics participated at the event consecrated to the official launch of the project. The event brought together more than 50 experts: representatives of port authorities, port logistics operators, ministries of transport, river commissions and port technology providers. The DAPhNE project involves partners from 9 European countries (AT, SK, HU, HR, RS, RO, BG, MD, UK) and will run for 30 months from January 2017 until June 2019.

Source and full story: https://goo.gl/4dA3xT

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21.03.2017
DANUBE LOGISTICS DEVELOPED A CARBON FOOTPRINT REPORT ON GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT

Danube Logistics has developed its first report on Carbon Footprint in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol. The emission sources included in the carbon footprint report refer to generated CO2 emissions respectively to the emissions equivalent to CO2. The inventory was developed for the year 2016 at the premises of Giurgiulesti International Free Port.
In accordance with a control-based approach Danube Logistics calculated the CO2 emissions of these operational activities that actually can be influenced by the company. The calculations are based on real measurements of fuel and energy consumption ensuring a high level of accuracy of the results.
Following the findings of this report Danube Logistics strives to identify suitable measures in order to reduce carbon footprint emissions.

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18.03.2017
DANUBE LOGISTICS SRL PARTICIPATED AT THE KICK-OFF EVENT OF THE EU FUNDED DANTE PROJECT IN BUDAPEST

Danube Logistics SRL is an associated member of the DANTE project, which aims to identify and eliminate administrative barriers for inland waterway transport (IWT) on the Danube and its navigable tributaries as a joint initiative of the private sector and the national public authorities. The project will run for 30 months and has started on 1st January 2017.
The DANTE project focuses on five thematic areas where administrative barriers are most evidently reducing efficiency of IWT operations:
(i) Border Police, Tax & Customs
(ii) Navigation / traffic control authorities
(iii) Port authorities / administrations
(iv) Waterway and Canal administrations
(v) Other relevant authorities imposing barriers (e.g. health control, disaster management, etc.)
The overall budget (almost 2 million EUR) allocated for the implementation of the DANTE project consists of contributions from the EU funds.
Representatives of Giurgiulesti International Free Port took part at the kick-off event in Budapest on 17 February 2017. During the event partners from the countries which shares the Danube River basin discussed issues related to the improvement of administrative procedures and processes for Danube inland water transport. DANTE outcomes shall strengthen the competitive position of companies using the Danube and its navigable tributaries in their logistic chain, thus contributing to economic growth and the creation of jobs in the region by increased efficient public administration.
For Danube Logistics SRL participation in this project is a good opportunity to establish long-lasting partner relationship with the representatives of the ports of the Danube river and other partners of DANTE project, as well as support the environmentally-friendly and safe transport systems on the Danube river.

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15.03.2017
OIL PRODUCTS ORIGINATING FROM SLOVAKIA TRANSSHIPED FOR THE FIRST TIME VIA GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT (GIFP)

In December 2016 Danube Logistics, general investor and operator of GIFP, carried out the transshipment of approximately 1.200 tons of gasoline from a river barge to the Oil Terminal located within GIFP bounds. The same amount of gasoline is expected to be delivered to GIFP in cisterns via railway in the end of January. The gasoline made it on along the Danube River to Giurgiulesti International Free Port from the SLOVNAFT Refinery located near Bratislava. SLOVNAFT, a.s., based in Bratislava is refinery with annual processing capacity of 5.5 – 6 million tons. The company core business is production, warehousing, wholesale and retail sales and distribution. SLOVNAFT, a.s., dispose with the largest retail network in SK offering top quality motor fuels and lubricants as well as related customer services including shop, gastro service, car wash and some others.

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15.03.2017
DANUBE LOGISTICS STARTED THE TRANSSHIPMENT OF DDGS (DRIED DISTILLER’S GRAINS WITH SOLUBLES) AT GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL F

In February 2017 Danube Logistics carried out for the first time transshipment of Dried distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS). The total amount of about 2500-2800 tons was delivered to the port by trucks and stored in a warehouse. On 13 February 2560 tons of DDGS were transshipped within 40 hours onto a maritime vessel. Danube Logistics’ client plans to export 15.000 tons of DDGS from the premises of Giurgiulesti International Free Port to Turkey in 2017.
With the direct access to international waters on the maritime section of the Danube river, its access to the broad- and narrow-gauge railway systems as well as its location directly on the border with Romania and Ukraine, GIFP continues to develop as an important logistics hub for Moldova and the region.

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10.03.2017
DANUBE LOGISTICS PARTICPATES IN THE DANUBE DELTA PROJECT ON HAZARD AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT
From 2011 till 2015 Danube Logistics has been strongly involved in a project on ‘hazard and crisis management’ in the Danube Delta. This project, with the focus on the safety of oil terminals, was carried out within the framework of the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). In 2015 a successful full-scale field exercise was held at the premises of the Giurgiulesti International Free Port. The project and the exercise lead to important conclusions and recommendations where Danube Logistics, but also authorities from Moldova, Romania and Ukraine benefit from. Many recommendations are included in the work and action plan on HSE of the company to further enhance the safety at the terminal. The HSE officer of Danube Logistics was invited to present the results of the project during a meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the UNECE Industrial Accidents Convention in November 2016 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. About 40 countries as Parties to the Convention participated in this important meeting. The
presentation was well received and Danube Logistics was congratulated for the active involvement in the project, expertise on the matter and the willingness to make the terminal available for the important exercise.
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09.03.2017
DANUBE LOGISTICS SRL CARRIED OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME THE TRANSSHIPMENT OF COAL AT THE PREMISES OF GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL
In December 2016 Danube Logistics carried out for the first time coal transshipment at the premises
of Giurgiulesti International Free Port. The total amount of 3,000 tons was transshipped within several
days from river barges onto trucks and railway wagons. Danube Logistics, the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) always strive to wider its operational portfolio by attracting new clients and increasing its transshipment volumes. With the direct access to international waters on the maritime section of the river Danube, its access to the broad- and narrow-gauge railway systems as well as its location directly on the border with Romania and Ukraine, GIFP continues to develop as an important logistics hub for Moldova and the region.
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03.02.2017
CARGO TRANSSHIPMENTS VIA GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT INCREASED BY 4% IN 2016

The transshipment of cargo via Giurgiulesti International Free Port increased by 4% reaching 876,274 tons in 2016. The transshipment of bulk cargo via Giurgiulesti International Free Port increased by 3%, reaching 876,274 tons and the transshipment of cargo in sea containers increased by 10% reaching 757.977 tons in 2016. About 57% of the bulk cargo transshipments volumes consisted of the export of Moldovan grain, oil seeds and vegetable oil and about 34% of the import of mineral oil products. Grain, oil seeds and vegetable oil were primarily delivered by maritime vessels from Giurgiulesti to European Union countries located in the Mediterranean area. Mineral oil products were mostly delivered to Giurgiulesti by maritime vessels from the Black Sea and the Mediterranean as well as by river barges and via the European railway network from Romania. Apart from the export of agricultural goods and the import oil products, Giurgiulesti International Free Port is also frequently used for the import of construction material, soda ash, coal, pet-coke and agricultural machinery.
The total number of sea containers transshipped via Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) and delivered to/collected from the Port of Constanta by Danube Logistics SRL increased by 3% to 8,200 containers in 2016. While the number of import containers decreased due to the challenging economic environment, the number of sea containers used for the export of Moldovan grain, wine, spirits, vegetable oil and other goods increased by 25%. The main destinations of these export containers shipped from Giurgiulesti were Malaysia (32%), Myanmar (22%), Indonesia (13%), USA (5%) and China (4%). The shipments of containers were realized in collaboration with MSC, CMA, CSCL, COSCO, ZIM, ARAKS, APL and other leading container shipping lines calling on a weekly basis on the port of Constanta.
Thomas Moser, the Chairman of Danube Logistics SRL stated: “We are very pleased about the considerable increase in the export of Moldovan goods in sea containers. Last year we managed to facilitate Moldovan exports to 43 countries.”
Danube Logistics SRL is the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port and a multi-modal logistic service supplier. Giurgiulesti International Free Port is a Black Sea — Danube Port located on the maritime section of the Danube in the Republic of Moldova.

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12.11.2016
TRANS CARGO TERMINAL MORE THAN DOUBLES THE CAPACITY OF ITS GRAIN EXPORT TERMINAL AT GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT

On November 10, 2016 Trans Cargo Terminal SRL, a subsidiary of Trans-Oil Group (TOG), celebrated the completion of its grain export terminal expansion project at Giurgiulesti International Free Port. As a result, Trans Cargo Terminal is now able to load more than 1,000 tons of grain per hour onto maritime vessels of up to 8,000 tons, as well as river barges — the fastest loading rate of any grain terminal in the region.

Vaja Jhashi, President of TOG stated: “Due to the substantial increase of our capacity we will be able to attract new clients and at the same time enable our group of companies and our existing clients to increase the transshipment volumes. The expansion project consisted of the construction of an additional berth on the Danube, the erection of a silo with a storage capacity of 12,000 tons, a brand new deep water jetty as well as the installation of high-capacity loading equipment. In total about USD 6m were invested for the realization of this project, which has created 30 additional permanent jobs. The expanded facility has a total grain storage capacity of 70,000 tons and increased the transshipment capacity from 300,000 tons to 800,000 tons per annum, which is equivalent to about 75% of the Republic of Moldova’s annual grain exports.”

Thomas Moser, the director of Danube Logistics SRL – operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port: “We congratulate Trans Cargo Terminal for the successful expansion of their grain terminal. The increased capacity ensures that from now on the majority of Moldova’s grain exports can be shipped directly from Moldova to international markets”.

In addition to the export of grains in bulk, which are mostly delivered to the markets in the Mediterranean region, significant quantities of Moldovan grain are exported via Giurgiulesti International Free Port in sea containers to Asia. During the first 10 months of 2016, eleven Moldovan companies have shipped more than 60,000 tons of wheat in sea containers from Giurgiulesti to such countries as Malaysia, Myanmar and Indonesia.

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12.10.2016
DANUBE LOGISTICS SRL, GENERAL INVESTOR AND OPERATOR OF GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT(GIFP) PARTICIPATED IN MOLDOVA’S

Danube Logistics SRL, general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP), participated in Moldova’s Business Week 2016. Danube Logistics’ Operations Director, Mathias von Tucher presented international transportation and logistics solutions for exporters from the Republic of Moldova. Within his delivery Danube Logistics’ speaker described the advantages of the multimodal logistics of the port in order to access foreign markets, as well as the favorable location of the port’s business park. Mathias von Tucher presented details on the dynamic development of GIFP which has successfully established itself as one of the most important logistics hubs in Moldova and the region.

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06.09.2016
MOLDAVIAN TV VISITING GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT ON 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF MOLDAVIAN CUSTOMS
This year Moldova celebrated 25th anniversary of customs – on this occasion Prime TV decided to make a TV story about Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP), one of the most important logistics hub for Moldova and region. Along with port stuff the filming crew received a rail transport and witnessed the discharge of oil products from a vessel. Thereafter journalists conducted an interview with Thomas Moser, the general director of Danube Logistics SRL, company which operates the port. The story was carried within “Prima Ora” show on Prime TV.
Source and full story on:http://goo.gl/ZI2KKp 
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12.08.2016
DANUBE LOGISTICS INTENSIFIES COOPERATION WITH THE STATE RAILWAY OF MOLDOVA

The State Railway of Moldova (CFM) and Danube Logistics SRL, the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port, reached an agreement on the regular transportation of sea containers between Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) and Chisinau railway station. On 1st of August the first 40 containers were delivered from GIFP to Chisinau by railway in order to facilitate the export of grain in sea containers to South-East Asia.
Initially the Giurgiulesti – Chisinau container transportation service is envisaged to be weekly. The block train reaches the destination in approximately 12 hours. In order to simplify logistics and for convenience of exporters/importers Danube Logistics decided to establish a depot for empty sea containers at Chisinau railway stations.
The railway transportation of containers from/to GIFP is an effective alternative to road transportation, especially during the summer when stringent restrictions for the movement of trucks apply.

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01.07.2016
GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT CELEBRATES DANUBE DAY

On Wednesday, 29th of June for the 10th consecutive year Moldova joined in celebrating the Danube Day in Giurgiulesti. As part of the event Danube Logistics, the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port, organized a picnic overlooking the Danube at its premises.
Over 80 Moldovan and international guests who joined the celebration could feel the true spirit of the Danube which connects the citizens and businesses of 10 European countries and provides Moldova with direct access to the Black Sea. Among the honorable guests were the Ambassador Pirkka Tapiola, Head of the European Union Delegation to Moldova, Gerhard Schaumberger, Head of Austrian Development Agency in Moldova, Dr. Rober de Groof, the Consul (h) of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Deputy Minister of Transport, Representatives of the Ministry of Regional Development and Ministry of Environment, Tatiana Galateanu, mayor of Giurgiulesti, as well as mayors from surrounding regions. Along with Thomas Moser, the general director of ICS Danube Logistics SRL, the guests of the event enjoyed the perfect weather, traditional fish soup and  Moldovan wine. The famous “Bunica beats the drum” from Valeni welcomed guests along with her husband performing traditional Moldavian songs, while an orchestra band from Cahul assured a joyful atmosphere.

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14.06.2016
GERMAN NATIONAL TV VISITING GIURGIULESTI PORT

On Monday, 13 of June, the Danube cruise liner “Anisha” moored at the passenger terminal of Giurgiulesti port.  Aboard the cruise liner were more than 180 mostly German tourists as well as a team of journalists of Germany’s national TV station ARD.  During their stay in Giurgiulesti the journalists visited Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) and conducted an interview with Thomas Moser, the general director of Danube Logistics SRL which operates GIFP.

The journalists witnessed the loading of Moldovan wine into sea containers, inspected Danube Logistics’ container vessel and discussed with Thomas Moser the future development plans of the port as well as the strategic importance of the port for the export of Moldovan goods to international markets. Last year Danube Logistics facilitated the export of Moldovan goods to more than 40 countries via GIFP. With the direct access to international waters on the maritime section of the river Danube, its access to the broad- and narrow-gauge railway systems as well as its location directly on the border with Romania and Ukraine, GIFP continues to develop as an important logistics hub for Moldova and the region.

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30.05.2016
CUSTOMS SERVICE SUPPORTS INVESTORS BY SIMPLIFYING PROCEDURES

«The initiated reforms aim to create a competitive environment for investors in various sectors of the economy so that they can benefit from the most innovative tools of customs administration» stated General Director of the Customs Service, Vitalie Vrabie during the meeting with Thomas Moser, CEO of ICS Danube Logistics SRL, a company that manages Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP).

During the meeting there were discussed several issues that need to be optimized in order to ensure smooth functioning of the port and create favorable conditions for the residents of GIFP.

The parties established an agenda of actions to be undertaken in the near future by a working group that was formed for that purpose.

These measures provide for the identification of solutions to simplify customs procedures, as well as adjustment of the existing legal framework so that new provisions regulate including the activity of GIFP. In this regard, Rosario de Blasio, Senior EU Adviser in Customs area, has stated that within these procedures there will be considered best community practices, so that the results correspond to the requirements of international standards.

At his turn, the Danube Logistics, Thomas Moser welcomed the constructive dialogue and the solutions proposed by the Customs Service which will not only simplify international trade of Moldovan companies but also facilitate additional investments of Moldovan and international companies within  GIFP.

ICS Danube Logistics SRL, beneficially owned by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and by the Dutch company Danube Logistics Holding BV, is the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port as well as a multi-modal logistic service supplier.

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15.04.2016
TRANSSHIPMENTS VIA GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT INCREASED BY 8% IN 2015

The transshipment of liquid and dry bulk cargo via Giurgiulesti International Free Port increased by 8% to a total of 731,548 tons in 2015. About 52% of the transshipment volumes constituted the export of Moldovan grain, oil seeds and vegetable oil primarily by maritime vessels to countries located on the Mediterranean Sea. The remaining 48% of the transshipment volumes constituted of the import of oil products by river barges, maritime tanker vessels and European railway wagons as well as construction material by river barges.

“Despite a difficult economic environment we managed to achieve the largest transshipment volume at Giurgiulesti International Free Port to date in 2015. In the first half of 2015 we still benefitted from the exceptional harvest in 2014, which resulted in a significant increase in the export of agricultural goods via Giurgiulesti. However, we also managed to substantially increase the transshipment of oil products”, said Thomas Moser, the Chairman of ICS Danube Logistics SRL, the operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port.

ICS Danube Logistics SRL, beneficially owned by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and by the Dutch company Danube Logistics Holding BV, is the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port and a multi-modal logistic service supplier. Giurgiulesti International Free Port is a Black Sea — Danube Port located on the maritime section of the Danube in the Republic of Moldova.

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15.04.2016
THE EXPORT OF MOLDOVAN GOODS IN SEA CONTAINERS VIA GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT INCREASED BY 42% IN 2015

In 2015 the total number of containers transshipped via Giurgiulesti International Free Port and delivered to or collected from the Port of Constanta by Danube Logistics SRL increased by 3% to 7,986 containers (9,912 TEU). While the number of import containers decreased due to the challenging economic environment, the number of sea containers used for the export of Moldovan goods increased by 42%.

The main destinations of these export containers shipped from Giurgiulesti International Free Port were Indonesia (41%), Malaysia (20%), USA (8%), Myanmar (7%) and Thailand (5%). Export cargos in sea containers were mostly grain, oil seeds, wine, spirits, food and wood products.

The container shipments were realized in collaboration with 13 of the world’s leading container shipping lines calling on a weekly basis on the port of Constanta most notably MSC, CMA, CSCL, COSCO, ZIM, ARKS and APL.
Thomas Moser, the Chairman of ICS Danube Logistics SRL stated: “We are very pleased about the considerable increase in the export of Moldovan goods in sea containers via Giurgiulesti International Free Port to international markets last year. Last year we managed to facilitate Moldovan exports to more than 40 countries.”

ICS Danube Logistics SRL, beneficially owned by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and by the Dutch company Danube Logistics Holding BV, is the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port as well as a multi-modal logistic service supplier.

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25.11.2015
ACTING PRIME MINISTER GHEORGHE BREGA VISITS GIFP

source and photo: gov.md

Acting Prime Minister Gheorghe Brega paid a working visit to the Giurgiulesti International Free Port, (PILG) southern Moldova, on 19 november afternoon.

With a status of free economic zone, PILG is the only direct point of distributing and transportation to and from Moldova, which provides access to the land, railway, river and sea communication lines. A meeting took place at the headquarters of the Danube Logistics company, — the manager of the Free Economic Zone (FEZ) Giurgiulesti. Attending the event were acting Transport and Roads Infrastructure Minister Iurie Chirinciuc, representatives of the Economics Ministry, as well as the leadership of the Danube Logistics company.

The director-general of the aforementioned company, Thomas Moser, unveiled a report on the work of FEZ-Giurgiulesti, evolution of exports and imports through the transport infrastructure of PILG. According to the presented data, FEZ-Giurgiulesti has 43 residents, 466 employees, and the investments amount to 60 million dollars. The participants in the meeting also considered subjects on cooperation with the Moldovan government, in order to develop FEZ-Giurgiulesti, among which: restoration of the Giurgiulesti-Chisinau highway and railways, water supply and other aspects.

Full article on www.gov.md

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02.09.2015
GIFP STORY AS TOLD AND SEEN BY THE NEW YORK TIMES

A story by Kit Gillet
Photo by Dmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times

The Giurgiulesti International Free Port in Moldova sits along a small stretch of the Danube River. Until recently, Moldova relied on Romania and Ukraine for access to foreign goods and trade.

GIURGIULESTI, Moldova — Like many rural villages throughout Europe, Giurgiulesti was shrinking. The young had left, seeking work and better futures, and they never came back. The old had stayed behind, tilling the fields and nurturing the grapes on backyard vines that they used to make wine.

But in 1999, partly in exchange for ceding a stretch of contested road in the east of the country to UkraineMoldovawas given a 1,476-foot strip along the Danube that had been in Ukrainian hands since the fall of the Soviet Union. From the strip, the borders with both Romania and Ukraine can be seen.
In 2007, after years of faltering progress, the oil terminal at Giurgiulesti’s port became active, and in 2009, the first shipments left its grain terminal. A small container terminal opened in 2012.

What is now called the Giurgiulesti International Free Port can receive seagoing vessels, and since Russia banned imports of most Moldovan food products last year, the port has played an increasingly important role as a way to access new markets for Moldova.

Last year, the port increased its shipping volume by more than 65 percent, said Thomas Moser, a German businessman and the general director of Danube Logistics, the company that operates the port.
“There is absolutely no history or tradition of ports or maritime transportation in Moldova,” he said. “So it’s been quite difficult, but we’ve managed to get this place off the ground.”

Certainly, the port has been a lifeline for the farming village of Giurgiulesti, less than half a mile away. The village is a three-hour drive south of the capital, Chisinau, and much of that journey is along pocked roads. Until the port came along, there were few reasons to visit.

Source and full story on: http://nyti.ms/1KI5vvJ

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25.06.2015
CHINA SHIPPING CONTAINER LINES EXPANDS ITS SERVICES TO GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT

On 25 June 2015 China Shipping Container Lines and Danube Logistics, the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port, signed a terminal service agreement enabling China Shipping Container Lines to expand its global container shipping services to Moldova. The decision of Chine Shipping Container Lines to expand its services to Moldova is part of the Chinese government’s initiative to revive the ancient Silk Road via its Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road projects.

China Shipping Container Lines is third international container shipping lines offering a direct service to Giurgiulesti International Free Port. In 2014 the transshipment of containers via Giurgiulesti International Free Port increased by 68% to more than 11,000 TEU.  Last year 57% of import containers originated from China and 76% of the export containers were shipped from Giurgiulesti International Free Port to Asian markets.

Thomas Moser, the Chairman of Danube Logistics stated: “China Shipping Container Lines decision to offer direct services to Moldova via Giurgiulesti International Free Port is the result of our successful collaboration over the last three years. Moldovan exporters will from now on be able to export their goods in regular or refrigerated containers from Moldova with China Shipping Container Lines’ to the world market. Especially Moldovan companies exporting agricultural goods to the fast growing markets in Asia and the Arabian Gulf will greatly benefit from this new service.

Our collaboration with China Shipping Container Lines is the first project of our strategy to develop Giurgiulesti International Free Port as one of the logistics centers and business parks of the New Silk Road. The service agreements we have signed today will enable us to start the development of a special zone within the territory of Giurgiulesti International Free Port for investments of Chinese companies, who wish to access not only the Moldovan but also the European Union and CIS markets.”

Danube Logistics, the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dutch company Danube Logistics Holding BV.

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04.06.2015
GIFP ON "PUR SI SIMPLU" - A VIDEO PROJECT BY RADIO EUROPA LIBERA

A report by Alexandru Popescu.

Published 03.06.2015

For almost ten years, Republic of Moldova has a maritime gate at the most southern tip of the country — Giurgiulesti International Free Port, a place that becomes more and more attaractive for the business environment, always seekeing new ways to diversify export. The private company administering Giurgiulesti International Free Port has been continuously increasing the volumes of goods transshiped via the Port, be it imports or exports. This, together with new investors in the Free Economic Zone within the territory of the Port determined the company operator and administrator of the Port to open new terminals and build the necessary infrastrucutre. To find out more about how the Port operates, the advantages and growth potential, as well as how these investments changed the lives of many people in the area, you can watch the video report by Alexandru Popescu.

Source and video: http://www.europalibera.org/media/video/27051573.html

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17.04.2015
GIFP ON EURONEWS: THE DANUBE PROVIDES NEW TRADE ROUTE FOR MOLDOVA

Landlocked Moldova is increasing its efforts to overcome Russia’s export embargo.

It is using a 460-metre stretch of a port on the Danube river to send its good abroad to the European Union and beyond.

Danube Logistics are the Dutch operator’s of the Giurgiuslesti port.

Thomas Moser, Danube Logistics’ General Manager, said: “We saw, because of this embargo, last year for the first time the export of apples. It’s the same with wine, we see a steady increase in the export of wine in containers to far growing markets like the United States and China and elsewhere. We are happy to support the Moldovan exporters in these difficult times.”

Through the new port, Moldova’s products reach 43 countries, something they didn’t do before, as previously the majority of exports were taken by truck to Russia.

Ion Sula, the Agriculture Minister, said: “All of our exports, such as cereals, fruit and cattle, can now be shipped from our new Danubian port of Giurgiulesti.”

source + video: http://www.euronews.com/2015/04/17/the-danube-provides-new-trade-route-for-moldova/

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15.02.2015
TRANSSHIPMENT OF CARGO VIA GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY IN 2014

Danube Logistics SRL recorded a significant increase in the transshipment of cargo via Giurgiulesti International Free Port in 2014. The transshipment of non-containerized cargo increased by 65% to 678,439 tons and the transshipment of containers increased by 69% to 7,786 containers. The primary reason for the substantial increase in transshipment volumes was the exceptionally good harvest last year.

Grain in bulk and vegetable oil were mostly delivered in maritime vessels from Giurgiulesti to Mediterranean countries. Grain in sea containers were delivered from Giurgiulesti to countries in Asia such as Indonesia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Taiwan, India and the Philippines. Apart for the export of grain, sea containers were also utilized for the export of other agricultural goods such as wine, spirits, walnuts, dried fruit, apples, apple juice concentrate and sugar. In total the export of Moldovan goods in sea containers via Giurgiulesti increased by 85% and these containers were delivered to 43 different countries.

In terms of imports Danube Logistics SRL recorded an increase in the transshipment of oil products as a result of the completion of the new mixed-gauge railway terminal, an increase in the import of construction materials for the ongoing road rehabilitation projects as well as increased imports of soda ash. Oil products were mostly delivered to Giurgiulesti from Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Israel, construction material from Romania and soda ash from Turkey and Bulgaria. Other import cargo included agricultural machines and malt delivered in river barges from Danube ports in Germany and Austria. The total number of import containers increased by 58% compared to the previous year. About 57% of the import containers originated from China, 10% from Spain, 6% from India, 5% from Turkey and 3% from Israel. In total Moldovan importers received goods in sea containers via Giurgiulesti from 49 different countries in 2014.

Danube Logistics SRL, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dutch company Danube Logistics Holding BV, is the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port. Danube Logistics Holding BV’s profits are shared with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in accordance with a long-term profit participation agreement. Giurgiulesti International Free Port is a Black Sea — Danube Port located on the maritime section of the Danube in the Republic of Moldova.

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08.09.2014
ÎN PRESĂ, MINISTERUL TRANSPORTURILOR ȘI INFRASTRUCTURII DRUMURILOR | IN THE PRESS, MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT; INAUGURATION OF L

sursa:http://www.mtid.gov.md/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=696:dezvoltarea-zonei-giurgiuleti-aduce-noi-locuri-de-munc-in-sudul-moldovei&catid=1:latest-news&lang=en&Itemid=0
poze: Danube Logistics

Dezvoltarea zonei Giurgiulești aduce noi locuri de muncă în sudul Moldovei.

Primul terminal feroviar cu ecartament mixt pentru produse lichide, care va asigura conexiunea dintre țara noastră și comunitatea europeană, a fost dat în exploatare astăzi, în prezența miniștrilor responsabili de dezvoltarea zonei Giurgiulești: Vasile Botnari, ministrul Transporturilor și Infrastructurii Drumurilor, și Andrian Candu, ministrul Economiei.

Astăzi, în Portul Internaţional Liber Giurgiuleşti, pe terminalul portuar pe linie europeană, a intrat prima garnitură de tren cu 16 cisterne cu carburanți din România. Construcția terminalului a implicat o investiție de 2 milioane de euro, printr-un proiect susținut financiar de Banca Europeană pentru Reconstrucții și Dezvoltare (BERD) și de o bancă comercială din Moldova.

Potrivit ministrului Vasile Botnari, sudul Moldovei a devenit un nod multimodal de transport. «Acum un an, am inaugurat aici la Giurgiulești primul segment de cale ferată cu ecartament european. Anul acesta, sunt posibile operațiunile de export-import prin toate tipurile de transport, fie el auto, maritim/naval, sau pe cale ferată direct din Uniunea Europeană. Agenții economici au posibilitatea de a transporta mărfurile în condiții avantajoase, comode pentru ei», a menționat Vasile Botnari.

Un alt avantaj al dezvoltării zonei de sud a țării, potrivit vicepremierului Andrian Candu, este crearea de noi locuri de muncă. «Proiectulul de construcţie a terminalului de cale ferată cu ecartament mixt face parte din Planul de dezvoltare a Portului Internațional Liber Giurgiulești şi reprezintă un pas extrem de important, care cu certitudine va contribui la dezvoltarea mai dinamică a Sudului Moldovei. Un plus mare este și crearea de noi locuri de muncă, obiectiv important în activitatea Ministerului Economiei», a menționat Andrian Candu.

De asemenea, în cadrul întâlnirii cu autoritățile publice locale din Giurgiulești, ministrul Transporturilor Vasile Botnari a anunțat că anul acesta va fi reparat și drumul de acces din regiunea portului. În acest scop, din Fondul Rutier au fost alocate 3 milioane de lei.

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05.09.2014
ÎN PRESĂ, MINISTERUL ECONOMIEI | IN THE PRESS, MINISTRY OF ECONOMY; INAUGURATION OF LIQUID BULK CARGO RAIL TERMINAL

sursa: http://mec.gov.md/ro/content/portul-international-giurgiulesti-devine-un-nod-comercial-important-regiune

Portul Internaţional Giurgiuleşti devine un nod comercial important în regiune

5 septembrie 2014, Chişinău – Primul terminal feroviar cu ecartament mixt, care va interconecta Republica Moldova și ţările din Uniunea Europeană, a fost inaugurat în Portul Internaţional Giurgiuleşti, la 4 septembrie curent. La eveniment a participat ministrul Economiei, Andrian Candu împreună cu ministrul Transporturilor Vasile Botnari, conducerea Portului Internaţional Giurgiuleşti, reprezentanţii Băncii Europene pentru Reconstrucţie şi Dezvoltare, ai administraţiei publice locale. Evenimentul a făcut parte din agenda unei vizite de lucru comune a miniştrilor Economiei şi Transporturilor la sudul ţării.

Primul eveniment la care au participat oficialii a fost inaugurarea primului terminal feroviar de transportare a produselor lichide, prin care vor fi importate şi exportate produse petroliere şi  uleiuri. Investiţia în proiect constituie două milioane de euro şi a fost alocată de Banca Europeană pentru Reconstrucţie și Dezvoltare în parteneriat cu o bancă comercială din Republica Moldova.

În cadrul vizitei, ministrul Economiei a vizitat mai multe terminale de pe teritoriul Portului Internaţional Giurgiuleşti, informându-se cu privire la activitatatea acestora, dificultăţile cu care se confruntă, dar şi despre rezultatele obţinute.

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04.09.2014
INAUGURATION OF LIQUID BULK CARGO RAIL TERMINAL
4th of September 2014, was the day that marked the inauguration of the Mixed Gauge Railway Terminal for oil products at Giurgiulesti International Free Port.

At this important event the administration of Danube Logistics was joined by government officials, repre- sentatives from the banking sector, business partners and clients of the company. Headed by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy Andrian Candu, a delegation of about 15- 20 people among which Minister of Transport Valise Botnari, interim Minister of Railway State Company Sergiu Tomsa, the mayor of Giurgiulesti village Tatiana Galateanu, representa- tives of EBRD and Moldova Agroindbank, the administration of Petrom Moldova, with the new general director Constantin Ivas, and other high ranking guests witnessed the first delivery of light oil products by rail directly from Romania.

Over 1600 tons of diesel and gasoline, transported in 33 railway wagons were delivered from Petrobrazi refinery in Ploesti to Giurgiulesti Port for Petrom Moldova. From the railway terminal the oil products are being discharged into the port’s storage tanks and from there loaded into trucks or broad-gauge railway wagons for deliveries to the rest of Moldova.
“With the new mixed-gauge railway terminal the Moldovan importers of oil products are able to reduce their transportation expenses. The delivery of oil products from the refineries in Ploesti, Constanta and Burgas via Giurgiulesti is now the most economic transportation route to the Moldovan market” stated Thomas Moser, general director of Danube Logistics SRL, at the event.
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02.09.2014
OPERATIONAL RESULTS FOR FISRT HALF OF 2014

The transshipment volumes at Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) continue to increase. During the first six months of 2014 the total volume of cargo transshipped via GIFP almost doubled, reaching a total of 306,234 tons compared to 155,051 tons during the same period last year.

The majority of the transshipped volumes were grain and oil seeds in bulk with 167,272 tons mostly exported via Giurgiulesti in maritime vessels directly to the Mediterranean market. Other cargo transshipped via Giurgiulesti International Free Port were 64,756 tons of mineral oil products originating from Romania, Bulgaria, Israel and Austria, 54,791 tons of vegetable oil exported with maritime tanker vessel to the Mediterranean market, 7,737 tons of construction materials delivered to Giurgiulesti in bulk by barges from Romanian Danube ports, 7,691 tons of soda ash in big bags delivered by
maritime vessels from Turkey and Bulgaria, 2,999 tons of malt delivered to Giurgiulesti from Austria via the Danube by river barges and about 1,000 tons of other cargo such as agricultural machines delivered by barges via the Danube from Germany.

In addition to the transshipment of cargo in bulk and general cargo, a total of 2,768 sea containers, equivalent to 4,226 TEU, were transshipped via Giurgiulesti International Free Port during the first half of 2014 compared to 1,370 sea containers during the same period in 2013. Over 50% of the import containers originated from China with the remainder originating from Spain, Turkey, India, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Argentina and the USA. About 33% of the export containers were delivered to the USA. Other important destinations for export containers were the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, China and Turkey.

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05.06.2014
EXPORTERS BENEFIT FROM FAVORABLE TRANSPORTATION TARIFFS FOR THE EXPORT OF GOODS IN SEA CONTAINERS VIA GIURGIULESTI INTERNAT

5 June 2014. Danube Logistics, the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port, stated during today’s export forum, within Moldova Business Week, that Moldovan exporters continue to benefit from favorable tariffs for the export of Moldovan goods in sea containers via Giurgiulesti. In particular the export tariffs to Asian markets continue to be attractive for Moldovan companies. As of the beginning of June the export rates to main export destinations via Giurgiulesti were:

USD 20ft Container 40ft Container
Asia
China 1,065 1,115
Vietnam 1,250 1,610
Philippines 1,550 1,910
Indonesia 1,300 1,710
Thailand 1,300 1,710
India 1,250 2,510
North America
USA 2,500 3,300
Canada 2,400 3,090
Europe
Germany 1,050 1,460
Holland 1,050 1,460
England 1,200 1,460
France (Med) 900 1,000
Italy 1,665 2,300
Turkey 1,250 1,450
Russia (Black Sea) 1,400 2,000
Russia (Baltic Sea) 1,600 2,300
Middle East
Jebel Ali 1,315 1,615
Africa
Northern Africa 1,450 1,810
Western Africa 1,850 2,950

For the export of fruits and vegetables, dairy products and other goods requiring refrigeration during transportation, Danube Logistics offers its clients the transportation of their cargo in refrigerated containers from Moldova via Giurgiulesti to the world markets. The service allows Moldovan companies to diversify the export of fruits and vegetables as well as dairy products to lucrative markets in Middle East, Africa, India and the Far East.

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05.06.2014
GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT FACILITATES THE DIVERSIFICATION OF MOLDOVA’S EXPORTS

In the first 5 months of 2014 a total of 140,000 tons of Moldovan grain and oil seeds as well as 49,000 tons of vegetable oil were exported in lots of 3,000 – 6,000 tons directly by maritime vessels from Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) to countries located in the Mediterranean Sea. During the same period Moldovan companies exported goods in about 500 sea containers via GIFP predominantly to Asia, the USA and the EU. The goods exported in sea containers ranged from grain, sunflower seeds, wine, spirits, textiles, sugar, machinery, metals, walnuts, electronics and wood products.

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12.05.2014
FIRST BAVARIAN-MOLDOVAN BUSINESS AND LOGISTICS FORUM

On 6th of May 2014 took place the first Bavarian-Moldovan Business and Logistics Forum in the port of Regensburg – Bavaria’s largest Port on the Danube, organized by Danube Logistics in co-operation with Bayernhafen Gruppe.

Moldova was represented at the conference by Deputy Minister of Economy Octavian Calmîc, and the administration of Danube Logistics, general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP). From the host side there were representatives of the Ministry of Economy of Bavaria, the management of the Bayernhafen Gruppe, representatives of Bayern International, the Bavarian Chamber of Commerce and numerous Bavarian companies.

The goal of the event was to foster the co-operation between Bavaria and the Republic of Moldova in light of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between Moldova and the European Union and in light of the opportunity to transport goods cost efficiently between Bavaria and Moldova by vessels via the Danube.

«The first Bavarian-Moldovan Business and Logistics Forum was a success. Already today Bavarian companies are among the largest investors in Moldova and major suppliers of goods and services. Bavaria is the 8th largest economy in Europe and growing. Bavarian companies are among the largest investors in Eastern Europe. We actively co-operated with Bavarian companies during the construction of Giurgiulesti International Free Port and regularly receive German goods transshipped via Bavarian Danube ports in GIFP.» stated Thomas Moser, chairman of Danube Logistics.

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08.05.2014
COMPLETION OF WAREHOUSE BY IUNASISTEM

IUNASISTEM is in the process of completing the construction of a new 2,300 square meter warehouse within the business park of Giurgiulesti International Free Port. As a resident of Giurgiulesti International Free Port, IUNASISTEM benefits from the free zone status of Giurgiulesti International Free Port. The new warehouse will become operational in the second half of the year, and will be used for storage of construction materials and goods as well as for manufacturing of goods. Total investments are estimated up to 0.5mln USD.

“It is pleasant to observe our residents expanding their business activities within Giurgiulesti International Free Port, which demonstrates the opportunities our business park offers to potential investors” said Thomas Moser.

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08.04.2014
START OF REGULAR GENERAL CARGO SHIPMENTS FROM ISTANBUL

Starting this spring, Danube Logistics plans to introduce a regular shipping service between Moldova and Istanbul via Giurgiulesti Port, for the shipment of general and bulk cargo. Evolving from spot shipments based on customers’ request, and due to increased demand, it gradually grew into a regular activity of Danube Logistics.

“We gained considerable experience establishing our weekly Giurgiulesti-Constanta route for transportation of containers and believe that Giurgiulesti-Istanbul route will be as efficient and welcomed. We start with monthly shipments and aim to increase the frequency to a weekly service in the second half of the year” said Thomas Moser, general director.

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02.04.2014
BAVARIAN-MOLDOVAN BUSINESS AND LOGISTICS CONFERENCE

Danube Logistics, co-organizer of the business and logistics conference “Bayerisch-Moldauisches Wirtschafts- und Logistiktreffen” is cordially inviting companies interested in developing business with Moldova to participate at the event taking place on 6th of May in Regensburg, Bavaria. Host of this event is the Bayernhafen Group, operator of six Bavarian ports located on the Danube river and the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal. The event is supported by the Bavarian Ministry of Economy, Bayern International and a number of Bavarian Chambers of Industry and Trade.

This event does not only target Bavarian companies but any German and Austrian company that are interested in establishing business relations with the Republic of Moldova or invest in Moldova. The conference comprises three parts: Tour in the port of Regensburg, presentations about framework conditions for business in Moldova and presentations about logistics in the Danube area.

Please see the attached flyer for further information in German, or contact us at info@danlog.md or tel.: +373 22 999 225. Participation at this event is free of charge. Please register for this event using the invitation form attached here. It would be a great pleasure to welcome you in Regensburg!

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24.03.2014
FIRST TRANSSHIPPMENT OF AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY

This spring, Danube Logistics conducted the first transshipment of agricultural machines via Giurgiulesti International Free Port. The delivery was arranged with a barge from Port of Deggendorf (Bavaria, Germany) directly to Moldova via the Danube River. The machines arrived in Giurgiulesti Port in 11 days and were stored within the Port to be further prepared for distribution into Moldova, partially by truck and partially self-moving, to the client’s door.

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10.02.2014
GIFP – ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS OF EBRD

Giurgiulesti International Free Port was identified as one of the most successful projects of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in Moldova.
During his two-day business visit to Moldova, EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti gave an interview to Ъ-MD on the Bank’s activities in Moldova and their plans for 2014. When asked about which of their projects in Moldova is consider most successful, Sir Suma Chakrabarti noted that there are many successful projects and each contributes to the development of the country. He underlined the importance of their investments in Giurgiulesti International Free Port, mentioning that their investments helped Moldova obtain direct access to Black Sea, which it previously did not have.

EBRD has so far carried out a total of 105 projects worth over €900 million in the country, covering the energy, transport, agribusiness, general industry and banking sectors. 2013 was a record year with investments of €128.5 million in 15 diverse projects and it is expected that investments will be at least another €100 million in 2014.

Photo: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/about/who/structure/executive/chakrabarti.shtml

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20.01.2014
TRANSSHIPMENTS OF DRY AND LIQUID CARGO VIA GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT INCREASE BY 50% IN 2013

The transshipment of liquid and dry cargo via Giurgiulesti International Free Port increased by 50% to a total of 410,509 tons in 2013. About 59% of the transshipment volumes constituted the export of Moldovan grain, oil seeds and vegetable oil by maritime vessels to countries located on the Mediterranean Sea. The remaining 41% of the transshipment volumes constituted the import of oil products via the Danube from Romania, by sea from Israel and Greece, construction material via the Danube from Romania, malt via the Danube from central Europe and soda with maritime vessels from Turkey and Bulgaria.

“In 2013 we managed to achieve the largest transshipment volume at Giurgiulesti International Free Port to date. We obviously benefitted from the exceptional harvest, which resulted in a significant increase in the export of agricultural goods via Giurgiulesti. However, we also managed to substantially increase the transshipment of oil products and attracted the transshipment of new types of cargo such as soda in big bags”, said Thomas Moser, the Chairman of ICS Danube Logistics SRL, the operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port.

ICS Danube Logistics SRL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dutch company Danube Logistics Holding BV, is the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port and a multi-modal logistic service supplier. Giurgiulesti International Free Port is a Black Sea — Danube Port located on the maritime section of the Danube in the Republic of Moldova. For more information see: www.gifp.md

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20.01.2014
CONTAINER TRANSSHIPMENTS INCREASE 4-FOLD VIA GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT IN 2013

ICS Danube Logistics SRL, the operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port and the operator of a weekly container feeder service to the Port of Constanta, managed to quadruple the transportation and transshipment of sea containers in 2013 to 4,602 containers (6,841 TEU).

Via Giurgiulesti International Free Port alone, Moldovan importers and exporters performed trade operations with cargo transported in sea containers with 44 different countries.

The majority of import containers shipped to Moldova via Giurgiulesti International Free Port originated from China (58%), Spain (14%), Turkey (8%), India (4%), UAE (2%), Canada (2%) and the USA (1%). Import cargo shipped in sea containers ranged from construction material, textiles, electronics, foodstuff, detergents, household items and steel products to machinery.

The major destinations of Moldovan export containers shipped via Giurgiulesti International Free Port were Taiwan (16%), Pakistan (13%), Indonesia (10%), Malaysia (9%), Vietnam (7%), the USA (7%), China (7%) and Turkey (6%). Export cargo in sea containers were mostly grain, oil seeds, wine, spirits, nuts and equipment.

The container shipments were realized in collaboration with 19 of the world’s leading container shipping lines calling on a weekly basis on the port of Constanta most notably MSC, CSCL, ZIM, APL, ARKAS, WHL, CMA and MAERSK.

Thomas Moser, the Chairman of ICS Danube Logistics SRL stated: “After the start of our container operations in 2012 we managed in 2013 to firmly establish the routing of sea containers between Moldova and the world markets via Giurgiulesti International Free Port. The routing via Giurgiulesti has the advantage that the containers are shipped directly by maritime vessels to / from the Republic of Moldova and therefore do not require burdensome and time-consuming inland transit formalities in neighboring countries.”

ICS Danube Logistics SRL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dutch company Danube Logistics Holding BV, is the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port and a multi-modal logistic service supplier.

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25.10.2013
1st MOLDOVAN EXPORT FORUM

The First Moldovan Export Forum took place on 22nd of October 2013. The event gathered Moldova’s leading exporters and national and international experts sharing their views on how Moldova could increase exports to international markets. The objective of the event was to promote export activities, to raise the awareness of new opportunities, programs and financial services as well as to demonstrate the improved access to foreign markets via Giurgiulesti International Free Port.

Five main sessions were identified for the forum: Regulatory Framework for Exports, Access to Foreign Markets: Export Opportunities, Export Logistics, Export Promotion and Assistance and Export Finance and Insurance. These sectors were covered by representatives of Ministry of Economy, Customs service, the embassies of the USA, China, Turkey, Russia and Norway, the European Business Association, the EU Chamber of Commerce Trade and Industry, representatives of Financial Institutions.

In the Export Logistics session, Thomas Moser representing Danube Logistics – the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port — covered the topic of “International Door-to-Door Deliveries“. In doing so, he was supported by the representative of one of the leading container shipping line in the world China Shipping Container Line (office in Romania) Catalin Petre, with his presentation about China Shipping Container Lines in Moldova. As well as by the representative of JF Hillebrand Bulgaria, Mr. Boris Christov, with his presentation on “Delivering Moldovan Wine, Spirits and Juice safely to international markets”

In the Export Promotion and Assistance session, Mr. Kent Larson, Country Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Moldova presented the USAID programs designed to foster the economic development of the country and in particular exports, namely, BRITE, CEED II and ACED.

Mr. Ridha Tekaia, President of of Mobiasbancă – Groupe Société Générale, president of Foreign Investors Association, leaded the “Export Finance and Insurance” session. “This event created a good opportunity for export companies to communicate with institutions involved in international trade. It is important to make export operations as simple as possible in order to encourage the development of this sector and Mobiasbancă is cooperating permanently with Moldovan Government in order to simplify the framework. We are ready to offer efficient solutions and opportunities of export finance, becoming for the exporting companies a strong and competent partner that is always able to understand their needs and help increase their business in fewer risks and more profits. Moreover, Mobiasbancă is the first Moldovan bank that received the international quality certificate ISO 9001:2008, trade finance products being included in the perimeter of certification” stated Mr. Ridha Tekaia

The event was organized by the Ministry of Economy, Moldovan Investment and Export Promotion Organization (MIEPO) in collaboration with Danube Logistics and with the support of Mobiasbanca Groupe Société Générale, and USAID Business Regulatory, Investment, and Trade Environment Program (BRITE).

“The first export forum was a success. The objective of the forum was to present Moldovan exporters new opportunities and to raise their awareness about the numerous support programs and services that can assist them in expanding their activities throughout the world. The high quality of national and international speakers clearly managed to exceed our expectations. Therefore I believe that the Export Forum will become an important annual event for Moldova’s exporters» stated Thomas Moser.

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21.10.2013
MOLDOVAN EXPORTERS ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE AT THE MOLDOVAN EXPORT FORUM THAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN CHISINAU, OCTOBER 22 – 2

source: www.miepo.md

In view of stimulating the export of domestic products on international markets, in the period of 22th — 23rd of October 2013, in Chisinau it is planned to be organized the Moldovan Export Forum. The event is organized by the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Moldova, Moldovan Investment and Export Promotion Organization (MIEPO), jointly with the «Danube Logistics», general investor and operator of the Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP), being general partner of the event, and also by support of Mobiasbanca — Groupe Société Générale, and the USAID Business Regulatory, Investment, and Trade Environment (BRITE) Program.

The Forum is designed to inform a large number of Moldovan export-oriented producers in regard to opportunities offered by GIFP, so as existent and potential Moldovan exporters could maximum benefit from existing regulatory framework for exports, opportunities for financing and assurance of export procedures, as well as the provided assistance in terms of export promotion on external markets, as well as the programs of trade facilitation and assistance offered by the Republic of Moldova’s Government and international organizations that are present in Moldova.

Moldovan exporting companies are invited to participate at the Forum dedicated to export opportunities of the Republic of Moldova that will take place on 22th — 23rd of October 2013, starting with 08:30 a. m, at «Codru» Hotel. (The program of the forum can be downloaded here). Thus, in order to assure respective organization of the event we kindly request to confirm the participation preliminary via the e-mail irina.miepo@gmail.com or olga.vrajmas@miepo.md (details are available at the tel.: 022 23 24 67, 27-36-54), indicating the following: company/institution name; field of its activity; name, surname and function of the participating person; contact data (e-mail, tel., web).

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06.09.2013
DANUBE LOGISTICS DOUBLES CONTAINER FEEDER SERVICE CAPACITY AND INTRODUCES A WEEKLY BLOCK TRAIN SERVICE

In order to satisfy the increasing demand for its container logistics services between Constanta South Container Terminal and the Republic of Moldova, Danube Logistics increases the capacity of its feeder vessel by 50%. In addition, due to completion of rehabilitation works of Giuriuglesti-Cahul rail segment, Danube Logistics in collaboration with Moldovan State Rail Way, is now able to establish a weekly block train service to transport containerized cargo between Giurgiulesti and Chisinau.

In order to meet customers’ demand, Danube Logistics decided to charter a larger vessel with a weekly capacity of up to 240 TEU and to introduce a weekly block train service between Giurgiulesti and Chisinau into its logistics chain. Following the completion of the customs formalities at Chisinau railway station, Danube Logistics then delivers the containers to its clients by truck.

Thomas Moser, the Chairman of Danube Logistics, stated: Our new tri-modal container logistic service will not only help us to satisfy the increasing demand but also reduce the transit time and make the customs clearance process more efficient, as well as reduce heavy truck freight traffic on Moldovan roads. We are grateful for the good co-operation we experienced with the State Railway, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Economy, and the customs services which enabled us to set up the block train service in a short period of time.

ICS Danube Logistics SRL is the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port as well as one of the leading container forwarding companies in the Republic of Moldova.

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30.08.2013
DANUBE LOGISTICS - FACILITATING THE ACCESS TO NEW MARKETS FOR MOLDOVAN AGRICULTURE GOODS

As container transshipment volumes rise, types of operations conducted via the Port diversify. Following the record harvest this year, Danube Logistics started to transport sea containers with grain from Moldova, via Giurgiulesti port, to Asia and Turkey. The first 143 containers filled with Moldovan left from Giurgiulesti port to the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan in August.

“We believe our international container forwarding services will be in high demand until the end of the year due to the record harvest and the availability of highly competitive transportation rates to Asia” stated Thomas Moser, chairman of Danube Logistics.

Danube Logistics offers Moldovan importers and exporters international door-to-door container transportation services in collaboration with major container shipping lines. Danube Logistics is the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port as well as the operator of a weekly multi-modal container transportation service between Moldova and the port of Constanta.

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11.07.2013
MOLDOVAN EXPORTERS BENEFIT FROM FAVORABLE CONTAINER TRANSPORTATION TARIFFS TO CHINA

Danube Logistics’ transportation tariffs for the export of goods in containers from Chisinau to major Chinese ports have been as low as USD 900 for 20” containers and USD 1,000 for 40” containers during the second quarter of 2013. These favorable container transportation rates contributed to the significant increase in Moldovan exports to China during the first half of 2013.

Transportation tariffs for containers from major Chinese ports to Chisinau via Danube Logistics’ Constanta — Giurgiulesti – Chisinau service averaged at about USD 2,325 per 20” container and at about USD 3,215 per 40” container during the second quarter of 2013. Transit times from major Chinese ports to Chisinau via the Constanta – Giurgiulesti started from 30 days.

Danube Logistics weekly container shipping service between Constanta and Moldova enables Moldovan importers and exporters to avoid expensive and time consuming inland transit formalities in neighboring countries. Danube Logistics is the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port as well as a multi-modal logistic service supplier providing global container logistics solutions.

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11.07.2013
CONTAINER TRANSHIPPMENT VIA GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT INCREASE BY 200% IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2013

In the first half of 2013 via Giurgiulesti International Free Port was transshipped a total of 147,500 metric tons of goods, about 7% less than in the same period last year as a result of last year’s drought. Out of the total, 71,800 mt was grain, 52,900 mt oil products, 11,000 mt vegetable oil, 4,200mt soda ash, 2,600 mt of construction material, and about 5,000 mt of other cargo.

The transshipment of containers totaled 2,340 TEU in the first half of 2013, out of which 1,238 TEU were imports and 1,102 TEU exports. Compared to same period last year, the total number of TEUs increased by 200%, out of which imports increased by 210% and exports by 188%.

Via GIFP alone, companies in Moldova performed trade operations of containerized cargo with 36 different countries during the first two quarters of 2013. This is an addition of 10 more countries since the end of first quarter. New countries being Uruguay, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Italy, France, Belgium, Denmark, Cyprus, Pakistan and South Africa. Out of all countries trading containerized cargo with Moldova via GIFP, China continues to be the major trade partner, with 53% imports, followed by Spain with 13.1%, Turkey 10.6%, India 5.8%, United Arab Emirates 2.5%, Argentina 1.9%, Canada 1.6%, USA 1.4, Romania 1.3%, Japan and Malaysia 1% each and others with a percentage below 1% each.

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18.06.2013
MIXED-GAUGED RAIL WAY TERMINAL CONSTRUCTION IN PROGRESS

Today, June 18, 2013 deputy prime minister, minister of Economy Valeriu Lazar together with the Minister of Transport and Road Infrastructure Vasile Botnari, director of Rail Way Vitalie Struna, and a number of officials from other state agencies visited Giurgiulesti International Free Port.

During the meeting the administration of Danube Logistics presented updates on the undergoing construction and business development projects, as well as discussed various issues related to operation activities

The meeting was concluded with a site visit around the port, in particular the currently implemented construction of the mixed-gauged (both EU and CIS rail systems) rail terminal for liquid bulk cargo as well as for containerized goods.

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11.04.2013
GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT’S TRANSSHIPMENT VOLUMES RISE IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2013

In the first quarter of 2013 a total of 76,375 metric tons of bulk and general cargo was transshipped via Giurgiulesti International Free Port compared to 60,474 metric tons in the same period last year. 47,370 mt of the transshipped volume was grain and oil seeds, 20,265 mt mineral oil products, 8,740 mt vegetable oil and about 1,000 tons of soda ash in big bags.

In addition to bulk and general cargo a total of 508 sea containers were transshipped via Giurgiulesti International Free Port during this year’s first quarter – an almost 300% increase compared to the same period of 2012.
The goods delivered in containers to Moldova via Giurgiulesti during the first quarter of 2013 originated 26 different countries. The vast majority of the containers originated from China (62%), India (9%), Turkey (7%) and Spain (4%). Exports in sea containers via Giurgiulesti were mostly directed to the USA and China.

The shipping tariffs from major Chinese ports to Giurgiulesti averaged at about USD 1,960 per 20” container and at about USD 2,995 per 40” container during the first quarter of 2013. At the beginning of the second quarter these rates dropped to about USD 1,730 for 20” containers and USD 2,660 for 40” containers. Export tariffs from Giurgiulesti to major Chinese ports have been as low as USD 800 for 20” containers and USD 920 for 40” containers.

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21.03.2013
DANUBE LOGISTICS STARTED TRANSPORTATION OF SODA ASH IN BIG BAGS FROM THE BULGARIAN PORT OF VARNA TO CHISINAU VIA GIURGIULES

In mid March Danube Logistics transported for the first time 1,000 mt of soda ash in big bags from the Bulgarian port of Varna to Chisinau. The cargo was transported with Danube Logistics’ chartered general cargo vessel MV Lady Didem from Varna to Giurgiulesti International Free Port and from Giurgiulesti by railway to Chisinau.

“Apart from the transportation of containers, the shipment of general cargo in big bags and on pallets via our container and general cargo terminal in Giurgiulesti is becoming an important part of our business. With our inter-modal logistic services involving our own sea/river vessel, terminal services as well as railway and road transportation services we are able to offer our customers a cost efficient door-to-door solution for the shipment of their goods to Moldova” stated Thomas Moser, the Chairman of Danube Logistics.

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07.03.2013
DANUBE LOGISTICS PARTICIPATES AT INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT FORUM 2013 “INVEST IN MOLDOVA”

On 5thand 6thof March, took place the International Investment Forum 2013 “Invest in Moldova”.  Organizers of the event were Ministry of Economy, Moldovan Investment and Export Promotion Organization (MIEPO), World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), International Financial Corporation (IFC), part of World Bank Group and Energy Efficiency Agency of the Republic of Moldova.

There were representatives of over 60 international companies present at the forum.” The main purposes of the event are to increase investment flows in the Republic of Moldova by underlining Moldova’s favorable investment climate, to facilitate dialogue between foreign investors and local companies, to identify future investment projects and to focus investors’ attention on specific sectors on national economy.” source: www.miepo.md

In context of the event, Thomas Moser, chairman of Danube Logistics, presented Danube Logistics, the owner and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port as a major example of a foreign investment project, a collaboration project between public and private sectors, in Moldova.

The second day of the forum was dedicated to site visits. A delegation of 9 people among which representatives of Chinese, Russian Federation Embassies and Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, representatives of American investment fund, consulting company, and Italian investor visited Giurgiulesti International Free Port. During their visit, a tour of port objects was organized by Danube Logistics’ administration. The guests remained pleased to see the development and infrastructure of the port.

“We are welcoming any company wishing to establish a partnership with us, use our services, or become a resident in Giurgiulesti Business Park. At our turn we will ensure possibly the best conditions for conducting business in Moldova, specifically in our Business Park, by offering our newly developed infrastructure and comprehensive logistics service” stated Thomas Moser, on this occasion.

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04.03.2013
DANUBE LOGISTICS INCREASES CAPACITY ON ITS FEEDER SERVICE BETWEEN GIURGIULESTI AND CONSTANTA SOUTH CONTAINER TERMINAL

Inter-modal container logistics service provider ICS Danube Logistics SRL decided to double the capacity of its feeder service between Danube Logistics’ container terminal in Giurgiulesti and Constanta South Container Terminal due to increasing demand.

In order to increase the capacity of the service, Danube Logistics chartered a larger vessel with a total capacity of 80 TEU per voyage. Considering that the vessel can rotate between Giurgiulesti and Constanta up to two-times per week the capacity of the feeder service stands now at up to 160 TEU per week.

Soon after Danube Logistics started offering its inter-modal container logistics service between Constanta South Terminal and the Republic of Moldova, container shipments to / from Moldova are gradually shifting from Ukrainian ports to the Constanta – Giurgiulesti routing. Apart from more favorable tariffs, the Constanta – Giurgiulesti routing enables the shipment of containers to/from Moldova directly via international waterways and therefore does not require cumbersome inland transit formalities in neighboring countries.

“In addition to increasing demand for our services in Moldova we expect a considerable increase in transit volumes during the course of 2013. Due to our collaboration with the ZUBR container railway services, our clients can now benefit from competitive prices for railway transportation services for containers from Giurgiulesti to Ukraine, Southern Poland, Belarus and the Baltic countries” said Thomas Moser, the Chairman of Danube Logistics.

ICS Danube Logistics SRL offers global container logistics services to its clients in collaboration with the major container shipping lines calling on Constanta South Container Terminal.

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23.01.2013
WE ARE HIRING! General Cargo Logistics, Sales Executive

We are: 
The general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port
A leading inter-modal logistic service supplier in Moldova

We provide the following logistic services in regard to General Cargo

  • Shipping services on the river Danube and in the Black Sea area;
  • Terminal handling and storage services;
  • Inland transportation services by truck or railway;

To qualify for the position you should:

  • be pro-active, open-minded, intelligent, persuasive, success oriented person with good social and communication skills;
  • have a minimum of 3 years relevant experience;
  • be fluent in Romanian, Russian and English language — both in writing and speaking;
  • have a drivers’ license.

Once you join our team, you will have to:

  • promote, offer and sell to importers and exporters of general cargo as well as freight forwarders the logistics services rendered by Danube Logistics in regard to general cargo;
  • promote the advantages for the use of Giurgiulesti International Free Port;
  • do regular market research;
  • represent the company in a professional, appropriate manner;
  • observe all applicable laws and regulations;

How to apply: 
Interested candidates are requested to submit a CV in ENGLISH by email to: resurse.umane@danlog.md
Deadline for CVs submission: February 05, 2013

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27.11.2012
CONTAINER TRANSPORTATION COSTS FROM CHINA TO MOLDOVA START TO DECREASE

Transportation costs, for first half of December, for 40” containers from China’s major ports to Giurgiulesti have dropped to USD 2,300 and to Chisinau to USD 2,850 as a result of Danube Logistics weekly inter-modal container transportation services between Chisinau, Giurgiulesti and Constanta.

The new service enables Moldovan importers and exporters to receive competitive prices from any of the 19 international container shipping lines providing worldwide container shipping services to and from Constanta South Container Terminal. Apart from the reduction in transportation costs, Danube Logistics service also enables Moldovan importers and exporters to avoid cumbersome and expensive inland transit formalities in neighbouring countries as the containers are transported directly between Moldova and Constanta with a maritime vessel via the Black Sea and the Danube.

Danube Logistics is the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port and one of the leading logistics companies in the Republic of Moldova.

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29.10.2012
MOLDOVAN CONTAINER TRAFFIC IS BEING GRADUALLY RE-DIRECTED TO THE CONSTANTA - GIURGIULESTI ROUTING

ICS Danube Logistics SRL’s weekly inter-modal container logistic services between Constanta South Container Terminal and Moldova has emerged as a more cost efficient and reliable alternative to the traditional routing of containers via the Ukrainian ports of Odessa and Illichivsk to Moldova.

Danube Logistics’ service includes the transportation of containers with its own sea-going vessel between Constanta South Container Terminal and Giurgiulesti, the transhipment and temporary storage of containers at Giurgiulesti International Free Port as well as the transportation of containers between Giurgiulesti and Chisinau by trucks.

Thomas Moser the Chairman of Danube Logistics stated: “with our new service we managed to reduce the transportation costs for containers between Constanta and Chisinau by 33% and as a result the Constanta routing became more competitive than the traditional routing of containers via Ukrainian ports to Moldova. Apart from reduced costs, our clients also benefit from the fact that their containers are delivered directly into the country as this enables us to avoid burdensome and costly inland customs transit formalities in neighbouring countries and frequent delays at border crossings. Another advantage is that our vessel can not only transport regular containers but also overweight containers, out-of-gauge containers, dangerous goods in containers and supply refrigerated containers with power during their transportation to Giurgiulesti”.

Constanta South Container Terminal, which is operated by DP World, is the most important container transhipment hub in the Black Sea. “Being connected to Constanta South Container Terminal means that Moldovan companies have the choice between 19 different international container shipping lines, offering services around the globe at very competitive sea freight rates” added Thomas Moser.

ICS Danube Logistics SRL is the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port and a leading inter-modal logistic service supplier in the Republic of Moldova.

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20.09.2012
U.S. AMBASSADOR VISITS GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT

Thursday, 20th September 2012, H.E. William H. Moser, U.S. Ambassador to Moldova paid his first visit to Giurgiulesti International Free Port. During his stay, a tour of ports’ territory and facilities was organized by Danube Logistics administration.
Before the excursion, Thomas Moser, chairman of Danube Logistics, made a presentation, introducing the company and its main activities and development to Ambassador Moser.

“It was an honor hosting Ambassador Moser today in the Port. Guiding him through all port facilities and presenting him our development plans, was a pleasure” said Thomas Moser, chairman of Danube Logistics.

Apart from the already operational container and general cargo terminal, Ambassador Moser saw the great potential of the currently under construction mixed gauge rail terminal, underlining the importance of such a terminal in the country and its significance in the port. This terminal combines both broad- and narrow-gauge will allow transshipment of oil products as well as dry cargo including containerized cargo by rail, directly from/to Moldova, CIS and EU countries.

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10.09.2012
DANUBE LOGISTICS PARTICIPATED AT 6TH INTERNATIONAL BLACK SEA CONTAINER SUMMIT

On 5-7th September the 6th edition of the International Black Sea Container Summit took place in Odessa. During the Summit, participants reviewed the latest development of the sector in the Black Sea region and welcomed Danube Logistics’ new container terminal – the 20th Container Terminal in the Black Sea. 

The 3-day event consisted of an opening boat tour visit of the HPC Ukraine container terminal in Odessa Commercial Sea Port on Quarantine Mole, a one-day conference, and a closing of the event boat tour of the area of Ilyichevsk MSP including visiting the container terminal of the company ‘Container Terminal Ilyichevsk’ (former UKRTRANSCONTAINER). During the event the representatives of Danube Logistics exchanged views with other container terminal operators in the Black Sea region, freight forwarders, container shipping lines as well as manufacturers of container handling equipment.

Danube Logistics was formally welcomed to the community of container terminal operators in the Black Sea at the Summit and during a subsequent press conference. “We welcome Danube Logistics’ new terminal, the 20th container terminal in the Black Sea, and wish you great success”, said Konstantin Ilnitskiy — ‘Ports of Ukraine’ Magazine, Editor-in-Chief.

Following the opening of the new container terminal at Giurgiulesti International Free Port, Moldova has become the 6th country with a container terminal in the Black Sea. The other countries with container terminals are Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia and Georgia

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23.06.2012
DANUBE LOGISTICS ESTABLISHES WEEKLY CONTAINER TRANSPORTATION SERVICE BETWEEN CONSTANTA AND THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA

On June 23rd, Danube Logistics’ Bulgarian flagged vessel MV HEMUS delivered the first sea containers of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) carrying goods from China, the EU and South America from Constanta South Container Terminal in Romania to Giurgiulesti International Free Port in the Republic of Moldova.

The river barge chartered by Danube Logistics can load up to 120 TEU (20” Containers) or 60 FEU (40” Containers) weighing up to total maximum of 2,000 mt. In case there is sufficient demand, Danube Logistics plans to add a second barge to the convoy, which would double the capacity to 240 TEU / 120 FEU.

Thomas Moser, the Chairman of Danube Logistics SRL, stated: “Our new service will provide Moldovan importers the opportunity to receive their cargo transported in sea containers of almost all major international container shipping lines directly in the Republic of Moldova. The routing of sea containers via Constanta and Giurgiulesti to Moldova will be a cost effective and efficient alternative to the routing via Ukrainian ports.”

ICS Danube Logistics SRL is the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) as well as the operator of the newly established weekly transportation service for containers between Giurgiulesti and Constanta.

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22.06.2012
DANUBE LOGISTICS SIGNS CONTAINER LOGISTICS SERVICE AGREEMENT WITH MAERSK’S MOLDOVAN REPRESENTATIVE ELAT CONTAINER SRL

On June 22 Danube Logistics signed a Container Logistics Service Agreement with ELAT Container, the official representative of MAERSK container shipping line in the Republic of Moldova. The agreement provides for the transportation of sea containers from Constanta South Container Terminal in Romania to Giurgiulesti International Free Port in the Republic of Moldova.

Thomas Moser, the Chairman of Danube Logistics SRL, stated: “We welcome MAERSK’s Moldovan official representative ELAT Container to our weekly container feeder service and to Giurgiulesti International Free Port. As the largest container shipping line in the world, MAERSK and ELAT Container will now be able to offer Moldovan importers and exporters an excellent service in Moldova and throughout the rest of the world.”

ICS Danube Logistics SRL is the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) as well as the operator of the newly established weekly transportation service for containers between Giurgiulesti and Constanta.

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14.05.2012
WE ARE HIRING!

LOGISTICS SPECIALIST

JOB SUMMARY:

Responsible for the development, organization and coordination of the Company’s freight forwarding activities, identifying and negotiations with potential cargo consignors, implementing and ensuring performance of Company’s freight forwarding contracts, communication with Company’s freight forwarding local and international partners.   Will focus on identifying the most efficient means of freight forwarding and carriage.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  1. Maintain customer relations and communicate with consignors, consignees, carriers and other contractual partners to offer services and tools available to them;
  2. Daily manage and coordinate freight shipments. Track and trace all shipments;
  3. Pro-actively identify problems and swiftly implement appropriate solutions;

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Business Management or Logistics is an advantage;
  2. At least 5 years working experience in  logistics and freight forwarding;
  3. Fluency in Romanian, Russian and English;
  4. Superior interpersonal and communication skills.

How to apply: Candidates’ CVs should be sent to resurse.umane@danlog.md or by fax: (+373 22) 999-226

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20.01.2012
DANUBE LOGISTICS STARTS ITS WEEKLY TRANSPORTATION SERVICES FOR CONTAINERS AND GENERAL CARGO BETWEEN GIURGIULESTI AND ISTANB

On January 16th Danube Logistics Estonian flagged vessel MV Kalana will undertake its first voyage for the weekly transportation of containers and general cargo between Giurgiulesti and Istanbul.

The 3,274 dwt vessel can load up to 266 empty or 189 full 20 ft containers. Apart from containers the vessel can also carry other types of cargo such as cargo in bags, on pallets, in boxes, various steel products, equipment or vehicles.

Thomas Moser, the Chairman of Danube Logistics SRL, stated: “Our weekly service will significantly reduce the transportation costs for Moldovan companies trading with Turkey and the rest of the world. Apart from containers the vessel can transport a broad range of general cargo at very competitive prices. We are confident that the new service will be successful.”

Danube Logistics’ first client for its weekly service is the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the second largest container shipping line in the world. During its first call on Giurgiulesti International Free Port the vessel MV Kalana discharged a total of 141 containers for MSC. On Monday, 16th of January, the ship has sailed to Istanbul with 22 MSC containers carrying Moldovan grain, which will be ultimately delivered by MSC to Taiwan.

ICS Danube Logistics SRL is the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) as well as the operator of the newly established weekly transportation service for containers and general cargo between Giurgiulesti and Istanbul.

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16.01.2012
Danube Logistics Started the Operation of its new Container and General Cargo Terminal at Giurgiulesti International Free P
On January 11th Danube Logistics received the first container and general cargo vessel at is newly constructed container and general cargo terminal at Giurgiulesti International Free Port. The Estonian vessel called MV Kalana has been chartered by Danube Logistics for its weekly service for the transportation of containers and general cargo between Giurgiulesti International Free Port and Marport near-by Istanbul in Turkey.
Danube Logistics’ first client for its new services is the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world’s second largest container carrier. Thomas Moser, the Chairman of Danube Logistics SRL, stated on the occasion: “We are very pleased and proud that we were able to attract MSC, the second largest container shipping line in the world, to Giurgiulesti International Free Port. MSC will without a doubt provide an excellent service to Moldovan and international companies wishing to import or export containers to Moldova.

During its first call on Giurgiulesti International Free Port the vessel MV Kalana discharged a total of 141 containers for MSC. On monday, 16th of january, the ship has sailed to Istanbul with 22 MSC containers carrying Moldovan grain. The containers will ultimately be delivered by MSC to purchasers of the Moldovan grain in Taiwan.

ICS Danube Logistics SRL is the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) as well as the operator of the newly established weekly transportation service for containers and general cargo between Giurgiulesti and Istanbul. Besides the newly inaugurated container and general cargo, GIFP still consists of an oil product terminal, a grain terminal, a bulk cargo terminal as well as a business park. The construction of the general cargo and container terminal started in April 2010 and was implemented by aid of international and local construction companies and suppliers.

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25.11.2011
FIRST EXPORT OR VEGETABLE OIL VIA GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT

On 25 November 2011 Giurgiulesti International Free Port started for the first time to load a tanker vessel with Moldovan sunflower oil. The vessel is being loaded at ICS Danube Logistics SRL’s liquid bulk cargo berth, which is connected via a newly constructed pipeline to the TransOil Group’s recently completed vegetable oil storage facilities located within the business park of Giurgiulesti International Free Port. In total 3,000 mt of sunflower oil will be exported with the first vessel by TransOil to Italy. The loading of the vessel is expected to take 36 hours.

Thomas Moser, the Chairman of ICS Danube Logistics SRL, stated on the occasion: “The new vegetable oil facilities at Giurgiulesti International Free Port, will ensure the efficient export of Moldovan vegetable oil to world markets. With the start of the operation of the vegetable oil terminal and the upcoming opening of the container and general cargo terminal, Giurgiulesti International Free Port is rapidly developing into Moldova’s leading logistics centre.”

Vaja Jashi, the Chairman of the TransOil Group added: “In 2012 we expect to export more than 80,000 metric tons of vegetable oil via Giurgiulesti International Free Port.”

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20.10.2011
DANUBE LOGISTICS CHARTERS ESTONIAN CONTAINER VESSEL FOR ENVISAGED WEEKLY FEEDER SERVICE FROM GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FRE

On 19 October Danube Logistics signed an agreement with the Estonian Shipping Company for the charter of its vessel MV Kalana. The vessel has been built in 1996 in the Netherlands and is registered in the Port of Tallinn. Up to 266 containers, including 20 refrigerated containers, can be transported by the vessel at a time.

Following the signing of the charter agreement in Tallinn Thomas Moser, the chairman of Danube Logistics, stated: “Apart from transshipment and storage services at Giurgiulesti International Free Port we will now be in the position to offer our clients a reliable, weekly feeder service to Istanbul. The vessel will be delivered to us in mid November when we plan to start the operation of the container terminal within Giurgiulesti International Free Port.”

The signing of the charter agreement took place in Tallinn in the presence of Prime Minister Vlad Filat, who visited the Port of Tallinn as part of his official visit to Estonia.

Giurgiulesti International Free Port is operated by ICS Danube Logistics SRL, a company owned by the Dutch company EASEUR Holding BV (80%) and by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (20%).

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29.09.2011
"TRANSPORT & LOGISTICA 2011" EXHIBITION

From 29 September to 2nd of October, Danube Logistics has participated at the annual „Transport and Logistics 2011” exhibition. This year, for the first time the participation was joint with BEMOL Retail, its affiliated company, because the organizers of the event “Poliproject Exhibition” decided this year to combine “Transport & Logistica 2011” and “AUTOSHOW’11”exhibitions in one event.At the exhibition, Danube Logistics presented its main port objects: oil terminal, grain terminal, general cargo and container terminal as well as the industrial zone. A more detailed presentation was that of the soon to be opened general cargo and container terminal, the finalizing construction works of which should be complete by end of November 2011. The new terminal will consist of two berths with a minimum depth of 5 meters and a RoRo-ramp, and will allow the operation of diverse types of containers and cargo goods. The operation of containers will be effectuated by the newly purchased by Danube Logistics mobile harbor crane Sennebogen that was specially produced for Danube Logistics at a German production factory. The goods transshipped via the port will be further transported to/from Republic of Moldova, EU countries as well as CIS countries using its tri-modal transport infrastructure. General Director Thomas Moser has announced that very soon the tariffs for services offered at the new terminal will be made public, and assured their competitiveness and transparency.
This way, Giurgiulesti International Free Port will create new opportunities for Moldovan businesses and business people

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20.09.2011
Prime Minister Vlad Filat today visited the Giurgiulesti Port Complex, comprising a passenger port and a free international

During his visit to the Giurgiulesti passenger port, the prime minister demanded that all hindrances should be removed in order to secure the passengers’ direct access to the port. Moreover, Filat asked relevant bodies to inform him about the number of Moldovan ships in the port.

«The port should be competitive. There are great prospects in this respect, as well as opportunities to develop the ship transport on the Prut river,» the prime minister said.
Vlad Filat also visited three terminals of the Giurgiulesti Free International Port. At the oil terminal, the prime minister witnessed how fuel was being loaded from tanks to reservoirs. Filat also visited the construction site of a cargo terminal, due to be opened in early November 2011. He praised the port’s recent acquisition — Moldova’s biggest crane, which can lift up to 70 tones. Filat was told that the machinery’s cost amounts to 1 million euros and that it had been brought from Germany. The prime minister personally tested the equipment.

Also today, Filat visited the grain terminal. In the first quarter of 2011, about 172,000 tones of crops were transported via the terminal. So far, the main investor of Giurgiulesti Port has invested 47 million dollars.

The prime minister expressed satisfaction with the situation at the Giurgiulesti Free International Port.

«I like what I saw and the fact that the objectives set at the last meeting of the port’s leadership were met,» Filat said. The prime minister also expressed conviction that all the current problems would be gradually solved, including the ones related to the port’s infrastructure.

In the context, the prime minister said that the reconstruction of the Chisinau — Giurgiulesti highway is under way, noting that the project amounts to 124 million euros. Filat also said that the first stage of the project is to be completed by the end of 2012, while the second part by the end of 2013. The prime minister added that the works on the Cahul-Giurgiulesti railway segment will be finalized soon, adding that thus, its capacity will increase from 1,000 tones to 3,000 tones. This will be the first railway link in the region, which will allow receiving trains both on European and post-soviet gauges.

The chief executive of Danube Logistics and main investor of the Giurgiulesti Free International Port, Thomas Moser, thanked the Moldovan government for the support provided for the implementation of the project, noting that it would benefit everyone.
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23.08.2011
PREMIER FILAT TO VISIT GIURGIULESTI PORT TO TACKLE ITS PROBLEMS

Chisinau, August 22 (INFOTAG). On September 5, Moldovan Prime Minister Vladimir Filat will visit the Giurgiulesti port [on the Danube River in southern Moldova] that has the status of a free enterprise zone so as to personally study its problems on the site. Such accord was reached at the meeting Filat had with the administration of the Danube Logistics company — the general investor in the port and its operator.

According to the governmental press service, the parties discussed measures that should simplify the port activities and help its development, which would enhance exports from Moldova.

Thomas Mozer, the Danube Logistics Executive Director, said that the company has already invested over 65 million US dollars in the port development. This upcoming autumn, construction will be completed of a freight and container terminal, which will substantially increase the port’s freight turnover capacity.

In his words, to improve the port operation, it is necessary to improve the relevant legal frame and the existing practice of freight control on the border, to develop railroad transportation from Giurgiulesti, and to repair the M3 highway.

The Prime Minister assured that the Chisinau-Giurgiulesti highway repair shall be completed by year 2013.

He said, «We are going to diversify our exports, and we hope to use the Giurgiulesti port for exporting not only oil products and grain, but also other products, such as e.g. meat».

Vladimir Filat ordered to set up a working group consisting of the representatives of customs organs to improve the existing customs legal frame.

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06.04.2011
GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT TRANSSHIPMENT VOLUMES INCREASE BY 32% IN THE FIRST QUARTER COMPARED TO SAME PERIOD IN

The volumes of goods transshipped via Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) continue to rise. The 1st quarter results for 2011 show that the total volumes transshipped reached a total of 82,172 MT compared to 62,015 MT last year, i.e. an increase by 32.5%. The transshipment of oil products increased by 55% and grain by 25%. Furthermore we transshipped 2260MT of building materials in the first quarter of 2011.

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20.01.2011
CARGO TRANSHIPEMNTS VIA GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT IN 2010 EXCEEDED ALL EXPECTATIONS

During 2010 Giurgiulesti International Free Port transhipped 371,211 metric tons of cargo, almost 5-times more than in 2009. 59% of the transhipped cargo was grain, 23% gravel and 16% oil products. Thomas Moser the chairman of ICS Danube Logistics SRL – the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port – stated: “the final 2010 transhipment volumes exceeded our expectations and with the start of the operation of the general cargo and container terminal in spring, we expect that the transhipment volumes will continue to increase this year. ”

Apart from the logistics operations Giurgiulesti International Free Port is actively engaged in the marketing of its industrial zone to national and international investors. Thomas Moser stated in this regard: “ I am confident that we will be able to complete our negotiations with a number of investors who plan to establish major manufacturing facilities within the port in 2011. Their arrival will create a substantial number of jobs that will benefit the entire region.”

Giurgiulesti International Free Port is operated by ICS Danube Logistics SRL, a company owned by the Dutch company EASEUR Holding BV (80%) and by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ( 20%).

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26.10.2010
CARGO TRANSHIPMENTS VIA GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN THE FIRST 9 MONTHS OF 2010
During the first 9 months of 2010 Giurgiulesti International Free Port transhipped 246,285 metric tons of cargo, about 10-times more than during the same period in 2009. 61.3% of the transhipped cargo was grain, 23.8% gravel and 14.6% oil products.  Thomas Moser the chairman of ICS Danube Logistics SRL – the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port – stated that the total annual transhipment volume is expected to exceed 300,000 metric tons in 2010 compared to 79,000 metric tons in 2009.

In regard to the ongoing construction of the General Cargo and Container Terminal at Giurgiulesti International Free Port, Thomas Moser mentioned: “We managed to make up some of the time we lost due to the floods earlier this year and expect to complete all major works by the end of the year and to start the operation of the terminal in March/April 2011. Apart from the quay wall for the new terminal we started in September the construction of a ro-ro ramp, which will enable trucks and other vehicles to drive directly onto / from vessels at the new terminal.”

Giurgiulesti International Free Port is operated by ICS Danube Logistics SRL, a company owned by the Dutch company EASEUR Holding BV (80%) and by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (20%).

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20.09.2010
MOLDOVAN BUSINESS DELEGATION JOIN PRIME MINISTER FILAT ON HIS TRIP TO CHINA

Representatives of 246 countries and international organizations participated in World Expo 2010 Shanghai China, with the theme Better City, Better Life. It is located on the waterfront of the Hunagpu River, downtown Shanghai and it had its start on May 1st, 2010. By the end of it, 31st October 2010, it is expected to draw over 70 million of visitors.
The theme of Moldova’s pavilion at the World Expo is “My City Is Your City” showing beautiful landscapes of plains and forests as its décor and inverted-pyramid with screens on each side with entertainment programs as its main design element. The two highlights of the pavilion were Wine – lasting Value of Moldova that also included wine tasting sessions and Folk Art of the Republic of Moldova, represented by “decorative arts” such as ceramics, stonework and woodwork, wine rod, popular carpet and many more.

Thomas Moser and Ala Aydov joined the delegation of more than 80 Moldovan business people and government representatives, headed by the Prime Minister Vladimir Filat, in the trip to Shanghai and Beijing on 11th – 14th of September. The meetings on the agenda were the Shanghai Moldovan-Chinese Business Forum, the World Expo 2010 Shanghai, the tour of the pavilions, the official reception organized by the Republic of Moldova on the occasion of the Moldovan National Day at the Expo and the Beijing Moldovan – Chinese Business Forum.
“The Participation of Moldova at this Expo is a great opportunity to enhance the visibility of Moldova on the international arena. The Moldovan-Chinese Business Fora were a first step to strengthen the co-operation between Chinese and Moldovan companies. China is already an important trade partner of Moldova and Chinese companies will without a doubt be among the largest investors in Moldova in the future. We will facilitate the trade with China with the completion of the new container terminal at Giurgiulesti International Free Port and invite Chinese companies to invest in the free economic zone of the Giurgiulesti International Free Port” said Thomas Moser.

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24.08.2010
VALERIU LAZAR VISITS GIFP TO REVIEW ITS ONGOING EXPANSION
Tuesday, 24 August 2010, Vice prime-minister, Minister of Economy Mr. Valeriu Lazar together with the Vice minister of Transportation and Road Infrastructure, Boris Gherasim, has visited Giurgiulesti International Free Port. Their visit was part of Mr. Lazar’s business visit to the economic zones in the southern part of the country. During their stay, there was organized a round table discussion together with the port administration, representatives of Cahul customs office, the Harbour master and representatives of state railway. The main topics on the agenda were the development of the industrial park of the port, the status of the ongoing construction of the general cargo and container terminal and issues related to the port’s co-operation with various state bodies.

After that the administration organized a tour on the construction site where the guests were familiarized with the most modern and advanced construction equipment and technologies. “The construction work is in full swing and I saw the utilization of the he most advanced international technologies here in Moldova” stated Mr. Lazar.

The port is picking up in its dynamics, and more and more business people realize its beneficial impact on businesses and for the country in general. “As dynamics, this project is more successful compared to the ones close by, also from Ukraine and Romania” summed up the vice prime-minister, Minister of Economy, Valeriu Lazar.

The chairman of EASEUR HOLDING BV, the main shareholder of DANUBE LOGISTICS SRL, Mr. Thomas Moser stated for the press the reason why he invested in this project is because I believe in the substantial economic growth potential of the Republic of Moldova. The activity of the port is increasing substantially. As of today we transshipped already 185,000 metric tones this year, a number that is 2.3 times greater then the total volumes for year 2009.

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18.08.2010
OIL SPILL RESPONSE EXERCISE

On August 18, 2010 in Giurgiulesti International Free Port, there was conducted an oil spill response exercise. This exercise is meant to train employees and to improve their skills for the safe unloading of an oil tanker according to all the rules and procedures. It included a training of how to use the boom and the skimmer so that in the extremely unlikely event of an oil spill, the port staff can collect the oil off the surface of the water and not allow the spill further into the river. The deployment of the boom is a standard practice conducted at every mooring and loading of an oil tanker. However in case of an exercise, it comes with greater value and benefits for staff then in real time as there is more time for questions and repeated practice for everyone to improve.
The exercise was conducted under the supervision of the fire department of Cahul region, who stated that there were no mistakes detected in the procedure and were very satisfied with the results of the work done.

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29.07.2010
THE LARGEST VESSEL THAT GIFP HAS EVER RECEIVED SO FAR
On July 29, 2010, Giurgiulesti International Free Port received the largest vessel in the history of the Port. It was an oil tanker named Makhambet under the flag of St Vincent and Grenadines, with a deadweight capacity of 12,000 metric tons. The vessel is 149m long and 17m wide and was transporting oil products from Greece to Moldova.

While approaching the GIFP oil berth the vessel was assisted by Danube Logistics’s harbor pilot and its tugboat. The vessel, which was chartered by BEMOL TRADING SRL, successfully discharged its cargo of diesel and gasoline into the storage tanks of Danube Logistics’ oil terminal.

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21.07.2010
CONSTRUCTION OF THE CONTAINER AND GENERAL CARGO TERMINAL AT GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT HAS RESUMED

On Tuesday 20 July Danube Logistics, the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port, resumed the construction of the container and general cargo terminal. All construction works were halted on 23rd of Junedue to the flooding of the site, caused by high waters in the rivers Pruth and Danube. As a first step Danube Logistics must reinstate the working area, which was damaged by the floods so that works with heavy equipment can resume. The floods resulted in a delay of the implementation of the works by at least 1 month. Nevertheless Danube Logistics still aims to complete the terminal by the end of the year, so that its commissioning can be completed during the first quarter of 2011

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21.07.2010
GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT RECORDS A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN TRANSHIPMENTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2010

In total 147,698 metric tons of goods were transshipped via Giurgiulesti International Free Port from January to June 2010, compared to 11,658 metric tons during the same period in 2009.  About 65% of the transshipped goods were various types of grain, 21% gravel and 14% oil products. By the end of the year Danube Logistics, the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port, expects to transship more than 300,000 metric tons of goods

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08.07.2010
THE VICE-PRIME MINISTER, MINISTER OF ECONOMY, VALERIU LAZAR VISITED THE PORT

On 6th of July, Viceprime-minister, minister of Economy Valeriu Lazar visited Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP). The purpose of his visit was to review the progress the construction of the new container and general cargo terminal and assess the impact of the ongoing floods on the construction of the new terminal as well as the operation of the existing oil and grain terminals.
During his visit, the administration of the port organized an excursion to the existing facilities and the flooded construction site. “The situation is indeed exceptional however all the necessary precautions measures were undertaken to ensure high level security for the Oil and Grain Terminals. Both terminals are operable now and right after the water retreats the construction works will restart.” summed up following the excursion Mr. Valeriu Lazar.

Regarding the development of GIFP he furthermore stated, “the investor continues to invest and fortunately the state does not stay much behind in creating all necessary conditions for developing the infrastructure up to here, to the Port”. Also after a round-table discussion with the General Director of EASEUR Holding BV, Thomas Moser and his management team, Mr. Lazar declared: “Today I realized that there is considerable interest from international companies in becoming residents within the business park of GIFP and I am very glad that there are agents willing to invest in Moldova who follow the example of this investor here”.

The situation on the construction sight however remains unchanged, for as long as there are expected increases in the level of water. Thomas Moser, the chairman of EASEUR Holding BV, the main shareholder of DANUBE Logistics, the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port declared to the press that an estimative value of damages caused by the high waters is of EUR 1.5-2mln consisting of idle costs, of the equipment, the mobilization and demobilization of international workers as well the consolidation of Prut and Danube river banks. However a more accurate evaluation of financial damages the company incurred will be possible only after the water retreats and an appreciation of damages conducted.

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28.06.2010
SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN THE TRANSSHIPMENT GOODS VIA GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT DURING THE FIRST 5 MONTHS OF 2010

Danube Logistics SRL, the general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port, reported during the International Investment Forum of the Moldova Business Week that the volume of goods transshipped during the first 5 months of 2010 already reached 126,122 metric tons, which is already 59% more than the total transshipment during the entire year of 2009. Both, the transshipment of oil products and the transshipment of grain increased considerably in comparison to last year. In addition to oil products and grain, large quantities of gravel originating from Romania are being delivered to the Giurgiulesti International Free Port for the ongoing construction of the Container and General Cargo Terminal.

Danube Logistics SRL, was represented at the International Investment Forum by its chairman Mr. Thomas Moser. Danube Logistics aims to develop Giurgiulesti International Free Port as Moldova’s leading logistic centre and business park. To date 27 companies are registered as residents within the business park of Giurgiulesti International Free Port.

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07.06.2010
THE 5TH DANUBE SUMMIT AND EXHIBITION TOOK PLACE IN AUSTRIA

The 5th International Danube Summit took place in Austria between 31st May and 2nd June 2010, bringing together the representatives of private and public sectors operating along the Danube river corridor. The Summit focused on such issues as transport and logistics on the Danube as well as waterway and port infrastructure. Over 200 participants from more than 16 countries were present at the Summit this year, sharing their experience in the development of freight transport logistics services and transport infrastructure along the Danube Corridor.

One of the items on the Summit’s agenda was the affect of the global financial crisis on the Danube sector, as well as possible innovative solutions in the area of river logistics, new and extended services, and new infrastructure opportunities in ports and terminals.

At the Summit, Moldova was represented by Danube Logistics, the general investor and operator of the Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP), one of the newest and most modern ports on the lower Danube. As part of the event, Thomas Moser, the Chairman of the Board of Danube Logistics, made a presentation about the activity and development of GIFP during the roundtable discussion entitled “New Business Opportunities in Ports and Terminals.”

The program of the Summit included exhibitions, conferences, round table discussions, as well as a study trip to the Port of Enns, the logistics center of the Upper Austria.

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05.06.2010
GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT PARTICIPATES AT THE GERMAN - MOLDOVAN FORUM IN POTSDAM
During the period 1-4 of June 2010, an official delegation from the Republic of Moldova and a group of 15 local economic agents, interested in collaboration with partners from Germany, participated at the economic mission in this country.

In the framework of the mission, on June 3rd, in Potsdam, took place the German-Moldovan Forum “Moldova presents”. The forum was organized by the Chamber of commerce and Industry of Moldova, in collaboration with the Chamber of commerce and Industry of Potsdam, East Committee of German Economy, Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in Germany and with the support of the Ministry of Economy of Moldova.

At the forum were discussed such issues as free economic zones, as generators of economic development, bilateral trade collaboration, agriculture, energy and logistics sectors. Danube Logistics SRL, represented at the event by Thomas Moser, contributed to the event with a presentation about its positive experience in investing in the Republic of Moldova and about potential areas of co-operation with German companies during the expansion Giurgiulesti International Free Port.

After the session, more than 70 economic agents from Germany had bilateral meetings with Moldovan businessmen. The goal of the mission was the establishment of a sustainable partnership with German businessmen and encouragement of German investments in Moldova.

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20.04.2010
START OF CONSTRUCTIONS OF THE GENERAL CARGO PORT

This spring (2010), Danube Logistics started the construction process of the General Cargo Port within the Giurgiulesti International Free Port. The first barge loaded with gravel for the construction works already arrived in the port. At the moment preparation works for the foundation are effectuated: excavation works, ground compaction, etc. This foundation will be used for the operation of heavy machinery that will be brought from Germany. Bauer, a well-known German company, will execute the specialized works in the port, while EasEur Holding’s daughter company, Construct Etalon, will be the general contractor.
At the end of June the main works for the construction of the General Cargo Port will start. In the future this port will allow transshipment through GIFP of containers, big bags, sacks, pallets, project cargo as well as bulk cargo.

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29.03.2010
EXHIBITION “TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS – 2010”

For the third year consecutively subsidiaries of EASEUR Holding BV – BEMOL and Danube Logistics – participated at the annual exhibition “Transport & Logistics” that in Moldova became a unique event in this specific area. The third edition of the exhibition took place at the expo center “Moldexpo” during the period of 24-27 of March. This year the organizers of the exhibition were represented by the Ministry of Transport and Road Infrastructure, the International Association of Auto Transporters in Moldova “AITA” and the company “Moldexpo-park”. The exhibition was officially opened by the vice-minister of transport and road infrastructure, Mr. Valeriu Ciubuc, and the president of AITA / co-president of Transporters and Road Workers Union of Moldova, Mr. Vladimir Florea. The organizers managed to bring together Moldovan and foreign companies and agencies activating in the sphere of transport and logistics.

In the framework of the event, round tables, seminars and meetings were organized for participants, guests and visitors. Topics of the exhibition ranged from types of transport and transport services, to transport infrastructure and technologies in logistics.
Being one of the biggest investors in Moldova in transport, logistics and energy sectors, EASEUR Holding BV presented at the exhibition products and services offered by its subsidiary companies. The construction and the activity of the only river-maritime port in Moldova and the Euro quality oil products imported by sea through the Giurgiulesti International Free Port generated vivid interest on behalf of the exhibition’s visitors.
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17.02.2010
INVESTMENTS OF DANUBE LOGISTICS WILL CONSTITUTE $10 MILLION LEI IN 2010

Danube Logistics SRL, which owns the Giurgiulesti International Free Port, will invest $10 million in its development in 2010.

On Tuesday, Thomas Moser, the General Director of Easeur Holding BV, which is the main shareholder of Danube Logistics SRL, communicated at a news conference that this decision was taken at the general meeting of Danube Logistics’ shareholders.

Moser explained that in 2010 the company plans to complete the construction of the general cargo port. Besides, additional investments in the oil terminal are also foreseen, including investments in the facilities for storage and transhipment of the vegetable oil. It is planned to build an oil refinery before 2012.

Thomas Moser remarked that the decision on making such serious investments was made on the basis of the growth tendencies registered in 2009.

Thus, last year 76.509 tons of cargo (half of which oil products and the other half different types of grain) were transshipped through the Giurgiulesti International Free Port. In 2009, 25 vessels moored in the Giurgiulesti Port for loading-unloading operations.

According to Thomas Moser, as of today in the port were invested about $50 million, the main of the sum was invested by Danube Logistics SRL.

Kamen Zahariev, representative of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) confirmed that the positive growth of the company allows making optimistic forecasts.

He remarked that shareholders of the company had a meeting with the Prime Minister Vlad Filat. During this meeting both parties confirmed their readiness to continue observing mutual agreements concerning this project.

“We can see that Danube Logistics’ development is very dynamic and its activities are implemented in accordance with the European principles in this area. As shareholders, we will continue to supervise the process of company’s engagement to fulfill its obligations”, — stated Kamen Zahariev.

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26.10.2007
GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT AND THE RED CROSS OF KONSTANZ (GERMANY) RENOVATED AND RE-EQUIPPED GIURGIULESTI’S MEDIC

On 26 of October, took place the official opening of the Giurgiulesti Health Center after its renovation. The construction works included the installation of a new roof, the renovation of hospital’s wards and laboratory, installation of new flooring, doors and windows, creation of a sanitary room including shower, renovation of utilities, as well as the construction of a new sewage system.

Danube Logistics, the owner and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port, donated in excess of USD 47,000 for the renovation of the medical centre and the Red Cross Konstanz (Germany) donated equipment worth in excess of USD 18,000 for the realization of the project.

The equipment donated by the Red Cross Konstanz arrives from Germany and consists of an ambulance, medical equipment, specialized medical furniture and many other instruments and materials.

As a result of the project Giurgiulesti’s 5000 inhabitants as well as other people living in near-by villages will have access to significantly improved medical facilities.

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12.09.2007
CHILDREN'S VISIT TO GIFP

On 10th – 11th of September, Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) was visited by children who study at the local school of Giurgiulesti village.
The administration of the port decided to invite school children in order to offer them the possibility to see that “mysterious” facility ehind high walls which they see every day, passing it by on the way to the school.
Before children’s visit, the administration of the port visited the local school in order to make an introductory presentation of the port. The children demonstrated a great interest towards GIFP.

The most popular questions asked were related to the future employment, the possible construction of a hospital in the region, capacity of Moldovan fleet and businesses that will be located within the free economic zone.

Many of GIFP’s workers were very happy to hear about the childrens’ visit, because some of them have their son or daughter studying in Giurgiulesti school, others – their nephews or cousins. From the early morning, there was a special atmosphere in the port: some were dealing with additional security measures, others – with the preparation of sweet treats; and some – with sorting of gifts for little visitors.

At the established time, in front of the port appeared a group of 120 children from the elementary school, all lined up in a long row. When they were asked if they know where they came, all in unison responded “To the TERMINAL!”.

The director of the port, Mr. Edgar Martin, made a small tour around the port. Finally, children saw with their eyes and heard with their ears what is happening inside the port. After this, our visitors were invited to the canteen where a table full of sweets was waiting for them. They also participated in the “Question-Answer” game, where they were asked questions regarding the port. The most quick and attentive ones received special gifts.

Later that day, GIFP was visited by children from junior and senior high. Their total number was 500.

At the end of the visit, the mystery was revealed and children left back to their homes happy because they finally found out why their village is so famous and maybe just a little bit disappointed … because they did not see any dragons or secret castles, but instead — highly modern technologies, equipment and facilities. Taking into consideration many questions regarding employment, we hope that this visit contributed to the creation of a new generation of experts in such fields as navigation, oil industry, infrastructure development, and many other areas necessary for the port and Republic of Moldova in general.

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15.08.2007
FINANCIAL AID TO VICTIMS OF FLOODS

Heavy rains and the melting of snow in Carpathian Mountains caused serious floods in the Republic of Moldova. During many years, Moldova did not face such problems and that is why the tragedy came very unexpectedly, provoking many damages and victims. People in villages situated in close proximity to rivers Prut and Nistru lost their homes, property and some of them – beloved ones. Being flooded away from their homes, people remained in the middle of streets accompanied by their desperation.

Employees of our company decided not to be indifferent towards this tragedy, donating one day salary. The total collected sum was doubled by the company and transferred to a special account created for the victims of floods. We hope that the amount which was collected will help these people to overcome problems which suddenly appeared in their lives. We would like to express our special gratitude towards everybody who contributed to this humanitarian action!

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08.08.2007
PROINOVATIE SRL BECOMES LATEST RESIDENT OF INDUSTRIAL FREE ZONE WITHIN GIURGIULESTI INTERNATONAL FREE POR

In June 2008, the company “Danube Logistics” SRL registered a new resident in the Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) – the company “Pro Inovatie” SRL. Companies concluded a long term lease agreement for the lease of 3000 m² of land within the free economic zone of GIFP and 40 m² of office space. “Pro Inovatie” SRL is a Moldovan company activating in the field of import/export, storage of building materials and construction of new open/closed storage facilities.
At present, in the free economic zone of GIFP are registered 18 residents – companies activating in different fields of activity. These are national and international companies from CIS and EU countries.

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06.08.2007
FIRST MARITIME VESSEL SUCCESSFULLY MOORED AT GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT

On 6 August the first maritime vessel berthed for testing purposes at Giurgiulesti International Free Port (Republic of Moldova) owned and operated by ICS Danube Logistics SRL. A 3,065dwt oil tanker operating under the Jamaican flag delivered more than 3,000 tons of water for testing purposes into the tanks of the oil terminal. Edgar Martin, the Director of Giurgiulesti International Free Port and General Director of Danube Logistics SRL noted: “Overall we are very satisfied with the test. The vessel was successfully moored at 11.30hrs yesterday, conducted unloading operations throughout the night and departed at 08.10hrs this morning. We now look forward to celebrate the receipt of the first delivery of oil products in the coming weeks”.

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BEMOL RECEIVES FIRST DELIVERY OF OIL PRODUCTS FROM GREECE

On 4th of August BEMOL imported for the first time oil products from Motor Oil (Hellas)’s refinery in Agii Theodori in Greece, one of the most modern refineries in Europe. The delivery consisted of 4,000 mt of Euro Diesel and exceeds all currently applicable EURO 4 quality standards. The cargo was delivered to Moldova by the maritime oil tanker Alfa Karadeniz to Giurgiulesti International Free Port.

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THE PRIME MINISTER OF MOLDOVA IN VISIT TO GIFP

On 16th of April the prime-minister of Moldova, Vlad Filat, visited the Giurgiulesti International Free Port. Also he visited the state-owned Giurgiulesti Passenger Port. During the official visit, an excursion around port’s facilities was organized by the port administration. The prime-minister had the possibility to learn more about the operation of the oil terminal, grain terminal and the future plans on the construction of the general cargo terminal.

Mr. Filat discussed with the administration and employees of the port about the present situation and new opportunities that these two terminals are creating. “For me was important to see on the spot what are the problems faced in the activity of the oil terminal, grain terminal and the passenger port and what are the expectations”, — declared Filat. The prime minister also emphasized that the port offers significant benefits to Moldova and encouraged construction of additional facilities in order to diversify and improve the range of services provided to passengers and cargo transporters.

Thomas Moser, representing the general investor in GIFP, stated: “Following the successful completion of the oil terminal in 2007 and the completion of the grain terminal in 2009, we have started the works for the construction of the general cargo terminal earlier this year. Major works will start in May when heavy machinery will arrive from Germany for the construction of the berth. We plan to completethe general cargo terminal by the end of this year. Following the completion of the general cargo terminal, we can start the transshipment of goods transported in containers, big bags, pallets or in bulk».

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GRAIN TERMINAL OPENED IN GIURGIULESTI INTERNATIONAL FREE PORT

On 24th of July 2009, within the Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) was opened the Grain Transshipment Terminal, realized by SC “Trans Cargo Terminal” SRL, GIFP’s major resident, in cooperation with ICS “Danube Logistics” SRL, the general investor in GIFP.

At the event were present the acting President of the R.Moldova, Mr.Vladimir Voronin, the deputy Prime-Minister and the Minister of Economy, Mr.Igor Dodon, the Ambassador of USA, Mr. Asif Chaudhry, representatives of Trans Oil and Danube Logistics, and other guests representing state institution and local and international business environment.

Grain Transshipment Terminal is the second major project realized on the territory of GIFP, the first being the oil terminal. The grain terminal will enable Moldovan producers of grain to directly export their production to the world market.

During the official opening the parties congratulated each other reciprocally with the successful realization of the project. Mr.Thomas Moser, the general director of our company, mentioned the importance of the grain terminal for Moldova and wished a productive work in the future to all the employees of Trans Cargo Terminal.

After cutting the ribbon, Mr.Vaja Jhashi, the General Director of Trans Cargo Terminal, pressed the launch button giving in such a way in exploitation the entire system of the Grain Terminal. Guests were surprised by the excellent work of the terminal, which may receive grain from both – rail and road.

Total investment in the project amounts to 17 million US Dollars. Whereas Trans Cargo Terminal invested in grain storage, grain loading facilities and laboratory, Danube Logistics constructed berth for maritime/river vessels, rail and road connections, utilities and a major 110 kv electricity substation in support of the project.

The capacity of the terminal allows it to receive up to 3 000 metric tons per day of grain commodity by means of railway and road transportation, but also to load maritime vessels with a capacity of up to 7 000 metric tons, with a loading speed of 300 metric tons per hour. The modern laboratory of the terminal is supplied with equipment by leading Swiss companies, enabling it to render precise assessment of the quality parameters of the stored commodity. Overall, in the framework of the project were created around 50 working places. The project was realized by a group of Moldovan and international contractors.

The realization of this important project represents another step of Moldova towards its progressive development and lets hope that GIFP will offer even more opportunities for business development and economics in general.

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