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.