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.