Latvia is a perfect place to organize logistics –among the markets of the European Union, CIS and Asia. Multimodal transport corridors are passing through the territory of Latvia from East to West and from North to South. The leading cargo flows, mainly transit, are moving from East to West through Latvian ports connecting Russia, CIS and Asian countries not only with Western Europe but also with the whole world.
Latvian port, railway, road haulier, warehousing and broker agents, logistics centers, as well as shipping agents, forwarding agents and transporters of oil and oil product pipelines provide efficient and competitive services. One third of service export in the economy of Latvia is contributed by the transit and logistics sector, placing transit among the top priorities at governmental level.
In 2020 Latvian ports handled 44.9 million tons of cargo. Regular ferry traffic connects Latvia with Sweden’s and German ports. Container lines carry containers to many other ports in Baltic Sea as well as to further ports of the European Union.
Common 1520 mm rail gauge system, as well as unified rail freight transportation organization system provide the CIS and Asian countries with a direct access to Latvian ports in the European Union. Around half of all cargos are moved by rail. In 2020 24.1 million tons were transported by rail. Major roads, rail routes, ports and airports are included in the EU Trans - European transport network - TEN-T. The largest investments in transport infrastructure – ports, railways and roads – first of all are diverted at the used transit directions. Latvian transit corridors are also well recognized in other international formats: the United Nations (UN), the main transport artery AGR (The European Agreement on main international traffic arteries) road network, rail network AGC (The European Agreement on Main International Railway Lines), the international combined transport Network AGTC (European Agreement on Important International Combined Transport Lines and Related Installations), Eurasian transport corridors EATL (The Euro Asian Transport Links) and OSJD (the Organization for Cooperation Between Railways) networks.
Latvia also work very actively at the international level. We were coordinating country for ASEM transport sector format. In 2016 was created in Latvia the Secretariat of the Central and Eastern European countries and China's cooperation in the CEEC-China format 16 + 1 logistic .