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.

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Presenting Opportunities for Gagauzian Companies at the Invest Gagauzia 2019 Forum

On 9 November 2019 Danube Logistics Srl was invited at Invest Gagauzia 2019, the V — International Investment Forum of Gagauzia. General Director Dr. Mathias von Tucher presented the activities and future plans of the Giurgiulesti International Free Port and highlighted the opportunities for both Gagauzia and the port. Mathias von Tucher was honored having the opportunity to discuss the development potentials with Bashkan Irina Vlah personally.


Already today there are many companies from Gagauzia using the Giurgiulesti International Free Port as gateway to international markets. To the main Gagauzian clients belong exporters of grain and exporters of wine as well as importers of raw materials for the manufacture of various products such as fiberglass and tiles and importers of finished products such as tires.


The M3 road connection between Gagauzia and the port is currently under rehabilitation and certain sections will be built completely newly. After planned finalization in 2020/2021 the new road will shorten the distance and enhance the transport conditions resulting in increased transport volumes.


Mathias von Tucher informed the participants about the planned expansion of the general cargo terminal. Companies that are interested to transship their cargo via the expanded terminal can request additional information from Danube Logistics SRL’s office in Chisinau.

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Danube Logistics SRL plans to double the capacity of its dry cargo terminal at Giurgiulesti International Free Port

Danube Logistics SRL plans to expand the capacity of its dry cargo terminal to about 1.5 million tons per annum. Mathias von Tucher, the general director of Danube Logistics SRL, discussed the company’s investments plans with the Minister for Economy and Infrastructure Vadim Brinzan during his joint visit of Giurgiulesti International Free Port with the Ambassador of the USA, Derek J Hogan.

The expansion measures will be implemented over a period of three years and will include the purchase of additional equipment as well as the construction of an additional berth with a minimum water depth of 7m. The additional investments of about USD 10m in its open-access dry cargo terminal will enable Danube Logistics SRL to accommodate the increasing demand for the transshipment of grain, fertilizer, coal, steel products, construction material and other dry cargo. Companies that are interested to transship their cargo via the expanded terminal can request additional information from Danube Logistics SRL’s office in Chisinau.

In 2018 transshipments via Giurgiulesti International Free Port reached for the first time more than one million tons, which facilitated imports from 33 countries and exports to 53 countries. Danube Logistics SRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dutch company Danube Logistics Holding BV, which shares the economic interests related to its shareholding in Danube Logistics SRL with the EBRD. Danube Logistics SRL is the largest investor in Giurgiulesti International Free Port investing in liquid and dry cargo terminals as well as in the development of the port’s business park.

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On 22nd of July 2019 the General Director of Danube Logistics, Mathias von Tucher, presented the Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) to a delegation from Tianjin Municipal Bureau of Commerce and from the port of Tianjin as well as to representatives of the Chinese Embassy in Moldova. GIFP plays a vital role for the trade relations between Moldova and China and the business park is an interesting location for Chinese investors. In addition Danube Logistics already has an excellent long-term cooperation with the Chinese Cosco shipping lines.

The event was organized by the Moldova-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) represented by its President Victor Durlesteanu. It was the first event following the recent conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding between Danube Logistics and MCCC.

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