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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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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