Cost of services provided by the Giurgiulesti International Free Port will drop. The statement was made by Alexander Di Leonardo – Director Executive of the ICS MSC MLD shipping company that cooperates with the port – at a press conference following a meeting with Valeriu Lazar, Deputy Premier and Minister of Economy.
Di Leonardo said that prices on services will be reduced thanks to that one will begin using the port of Constanta (Romania) instead of Istanbul (Turkey) as a transshipment point from the next week.
“Additionally, it is projected to raise amounts of transportations, which also must lead to the price cost reduction”, the top manager said, adding he hopes that it will draw economic agents’ attention to the port.
Thomas Moser – Director General of Easeur Holding BV and Chair of the company Danube Logistics [the general investor and operator] – said they had to refuse services of the Istanbul port because of its expensive services that led to price growth.
“Besides, we will begin cooperating with two more shipping companies – CMA and MAERSK – from the next week, which must also lead to the service price drop”, Moser said.
Concerning its plans for the future, Moser said the port aspires to cover next year a half of exports market of 15,000 tons of commodities, a majority part of which are now exported by Moldovan economic agents via the Odessa port. “Also, we project to attract more amounts within transit [operations]”, he said.
The specialist said that it is important to use the port as a logistics area, and owing to it proposed to build a European railroad to export commodities to the European Union and Commonwealth of Independent States member countries.
Valeriu Lazar said he is sure that after the meeting the number of economic agents using the port services will go up. “Representatives of economic agents were invited to the port to learn about the port work. We annually lose tens millions U.S. dollars our entrepreneurs pay for port services of neighboring countries.
The Minister of Economy said that during a week specialists from the Ministry of Finance and Customs Service will analyze and reveal actual obstacles to the port operations, and will propose to make amendments to the legislative basis.
The official said the Giurgiulesti port needs to be competitive to improve its attractiveness among economic agents. He said the list of governmental priorities in the respect includes rehabilitating the Chisinau-Giurgiulesti road and solving a more delicate situation with the National Railroad Company of Moldova, which will allow attracting economic agents.
Infotag’s dossier: Last year, the Giurgiulesti port served 275 ships, and 77 since the beginning of 2012 (taking into account the frosty winter that impeded normal navigation).