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.