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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Danube Logistics acquired a high capacity Fuchs material handler in order to expand the transshipment capacities of Giurgiulesti International Free Port.


The machine is equipped with various grabs and consequently can handle a wide range of different cargo including dry bulk such as gravel, sand, coal, various sorts of grain, general cargo such as big bags, and in addition new cargo categories such as scrap metal and larger stones.


With this material handler the transshipment capacity of the existing general cargo terminal will be increased, the product range of port services will be expanded and the operational flexibility will be enhanced. Clients are invited to contact us for more details.

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For now four years Danube Logistics releases the annual Carbon Footprint Report developed in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. The newest Carbon Footprint Report sumps up and analyses the CO2 and CO2 equivalent emissions (CO2e) resulting from last year’s business activities of Danube Logistics at the premises of Giurgiulesti International Free Port.


In 2019 the CO2e emissions per ton of cargo transshipped decreased for the fourth consecutive year in total by 14%. This decrease reflects the increasing transshipment volumes allowing a more emission efficient use of port facilities and port equipment. At the same the introduction of energy efficient measures, mainly the switch from conventional to LED based lighting technology, caused the reduction of electricity related emissions. Danube Logistics will continue to strive for further optimization and reduction of CO2e emissions.

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Giurgiulesti International Free Port continues to support Moldova’s international trade during the Coronavirus Pandemic

While following the recommended health and safety measures Danube Logistics SRL continues to operate Giurgiulesti International Free Port and its weekly container feeder service to Constanta South Container Terminal. Mathias von Tucher, the General Director of Danube Logistics SRL stated: “We continue to support the international trade of Moldovan companies during this challenging time. The unobstructed shipment of goods by maritime and river vessels is now more important than ever as trucking companies experience significant delays at international border crossings. In order to minimize the risk associated with the coronavirus pandemic we operate Giurgiulesti International Free Port strictly according to the recommendations of the Government and of the World Health Organization.”

In 2019 Giurgiulesti International Free Port facilitated the export of primarily agricultural products to 44 different countries and the import of oil products, coal, fertilizer, construction material and other goods from 27 countries.

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On 23 January 2020 the Prime Minister of the Rep. of Moldova, Ion Chicu, together with a delegation of government representatives visited Giurgiulesti International Free Port. General Director Mathias von Tucher and Deputy General Director Ala Aydov presented the positive development of port activities and the increase of annual transshipment volumes up to almost 1.1m tons of cargo last year.


The management had the opportunity to discuss with the Prime Minister in-depth the challenges of further development of the port and to explain the future expansion plans which include the construction of a new multi-purpose dry and general cargo berth that allows for calling of vessels with the maximum draft permissible on the Danube river. During the site tour the Prime Minister also discussed with representatives of Danube Oil Company and ProGrain Organic, both of them being residents of the Giurgiulesti International Free Port area.


Danube Logistics SRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dutch company Danube Logistics Holding BV, while the economic interests associated with Danube Logistics Holding BV’s shareholding in Danube Logistics SRL are shared with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

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