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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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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