TRANSPORT AND STORAGE
Riga is strategically important transport hub in the European transport network, providing access to the European Union and the Eastern markets in Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Asia. Traffic infrastructure in the city of Riga, both geographically and by various modes of transport is organised and managed efficiently – it facilitates safety and continuity of the flow of goods and passengers, as well as the mutual complementarity of transport infrastructure.
Riga is the transport and logistics centre of the region – the location in the international importance railway and road intersection, as well as availability of the international airport and the port are essential factors that determine the economic competitiveness of Riga in the international context. Several logistics and business parks (Dominante Park in Kekava, NP Logistics in Bergi, etc.) are located in the immediate vicinity of Riga.
For major world markets Riga is easy reachable – by plane Riga is accessible from more than 80 cities around the world, by train – from Russia, Belarus and Estonia, by ferry – from Sweden, by bus – from more than 100 cities in Europe.
The Freeport of Riga was developed on both banks of the River Daugava that runs through Riga covering 15 kilometres in length and 63.48 km2 large area. The port of Riga is directly linked to the Northern axis of the European Union defined TEN-T network and the development of main sea lanes, because in these directions it can serve as a transportation hub. The Freeport of Riga is also strategically advantageous cargo transport road in the region, and can also ensure cargo transport in the Europe - Asian transport corridor (to/from Kazakhstan, China, and other countries). Riga is the closest European Union's eastern border port for consumer markets of Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Asia.
Cargo handling capacity of terminals of the Freeport of Riga is 58.2 million tons a year. Riga is a multifunctional port that handles all types of cargo except crude oil. The main cargo in the Freeport of Riga are containers, various metals, wood, coal, fertilizers, chemicals and oil products. Up to 80 % of the Freeport of Riga cargo turnover is transiting cargo for transporting to or from the CIS. In total, the port are serving on average 4 000 vessels a year, most of which are dry cargo ships, tankers and container ships. 35 stevedoring companies and 28 shipping agents operate successfully in the Freeport of Riga. As the port of Riga is unfreezing, it provides secure and reliable services throughout the year.
More information: www.rop.lv
The Riga International Airport is the largest international aviation company in the Baltic States and the main air traffic centre of the region that provides regular passengers traffic, cargo and mail transport with civil aircrafts to the cities of Europe and other countries. From the airport of Riga, you can go to more than 80 destinations worldwide.
The Riga International Airport provides both aviation (aircraft, passengers and cargo services) and non-aviation services (rental of premises and territory, parking, VIP Centre services, etc.). It serves both local and international airlines and has become one of the few European airports servicing full service and low cost airlines.
The airport serves about 5 million passengers a year, of which about 25 % are transfer/transit passengers. The Riga International Airport is the largest air transport junction in the Baltic States – 45 % of all air passengers of this region are transported via Riga.
More information: www.riga-airport.com
Since 2011 the project Rail Baltica has been implemented, aiming to re-establish a direct link between the railway network of the Baltic States and the European railway network and to promote the regional integration by connecting metropolises of Tallinn – Riga – Kaunas – Warsaw – Berlin. Implementation of the Rail Baltica project will ensure the high-quality railway connection between the Baltic States and the major Western European economic, administrative and cultural centres. It will also provide possibilities for the new cargo corridor (North-South), as well as development of logistic services. It is estimated that thus at least 1.5 billion euros will flow into the Latvian economy. Thanks to the new railway network, not only railway capacity will be increased, but the speed, as well; whereas, regarding passenger services, travel time will be reduced, as well as car traffic flow to ViaBaltic highway and to the Polish and German highways will be reduced, thus contributing also to environmental friendly transport – railway – development.
More information: http://railbaltica.info