Three-quarter figures released by the Port of Riga indicate that it handled 15.2 million tonnes of cargo up to the end of September. Indeed, this final month registered growth of 8% compared to the same month last year.
Nowadays, the port has become a major portal for the handling of forestry products, reporting throughput in this commodity of 4.6 million tonnes, equivalent to a rise of 10% compared to the same period in 2020. In addition, two million tonnes of total volume handled was generated by grain and grain products, also up 10% on last year. Significantly, 32% of the grain cargo handled by the port came from other countries, most notably Lithuania, Russia and Estonia. According to Viesturs Zeps, Chairman of the Freeport of Riga Board, shippers overseas choose the port because of its tariffs, cargo handling efficiency, inland connections, geographical location, infrastructure, as well as for the range and quality of services it offers.