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Latvian Port, Transit and Logistics Council (LPTLC) is created and works in accordance with “Law about ports”.

Council has very important role in developing Latvia’s logistics sector as well as coordinating countries politics in evolving port and their activities. The Council provides an opportunity for industries leaders, under the direction of the Prime Minister, to discuss the key issues that strengthens sector's competitiveness and agree on the work that’s needs be done. In the work of the Council several ministers, port managers, city leaders and representatives of public organizations, as well as other major public structures takes part. On daily, the Council tackles issues related to infrastructure development, get acquainted with enlargement projects to ensure a harmonious and balanced development of the transit corridor. In its work, the Council draws attention to provide sufficient infrastructure capacity and quality for both road and rail, ports and border control posts. An important point of the Council's work is to examine issues related to customs and taxes, environmental aspects and international cooperation. Addition to that, the Council also improves legislative basis. The Council makes proposals for both national legislation and international organizations, as well as actively participates in the process of drafting European Union regulations and directives, making proposals for Latvian national positions.

According to the law the Council defines such main tasks

  • to evaluate policy planning documents and normative act projects that affects development of Latvian ports, transit and logistics sector as well as give an opinion about them
  • to make proposals for Latvian foreign policy activities that are aimed at promoting development of Latvian ports, transit and logistics sector
  • to promote and support the recognition of Latvian ports, transit and logistics sector in international business environment and to assist to the participation of Latvian ports in international exhibitions and conferences
  • to give an opinion on proposals about alienation of real estate in ports for countries or public purposes
  • to approve the use of Port Development Fund
  • to promote development of Latvian ports, transit and logistics sector by co-ordinating the cooperation of the involved parties and solving common problems

Latvian Port, Transit and Logistics Council structure

Chairman of the Council
Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš
Members of the Council
Minister of Transport Tālis Linkaits
Minister of Finance Jānis Reirs
Minister of Economics Jānis Vitenbergs
Minister for the Interior Marija Golubeva
Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development Artūrs Toms Plešs
Minister of Agriculture Kaspars Gerhards
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Andris Pelšs
Director of the Maritime Department at the Ministry of Transport Laima Rituma
Vice-Chairman of the Riga City Council Vilnis Ķirsis
Representative of the Liepaja City Council Uldis Sesks
1st Vice-Chairman of Ventspils City Council Jānis Vītoliņš
Chief Executive Officer of Riga Freeport Ansis Zeltiņš
Representative of the Liepaja Special Economic Zone  Uldis Hmieļevskis
Chief Executive Officer of the Freeport of Ventspils Andris Purmalis
Chairman of Latvian Association of Small Ports Jānis Megnis
Chairman of the Board of Maritime Administration of Latvia Jānis Krastiņš
Director of the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia Kaspars Rožkalns
Chairman of the Board at SJSC “Latvian Railway” Māris Kleinbergs
Chairman of the Maritime Union Board Antons Vjaters
Commander of the Latvian Naval Forces Kaspars Zelčs
JSC "Ventas osta" Member of the Board Baiba Vīlipa
Secretary of the Council
Director of Transit Policy Department at the Ministry of Transport Andris Maldups

LPTLC has created Marketing Commission, which is responsible for Latvain port popularization and realization of common port and logistics companies marketing events. Commission consists of Riga and Ventspils Freeports, Liepaja SEZ, SJSC Latvian Railway, SJSC Riga International Airport and SJSC Lavian Post. In a year Latvia’s transit and logistics companies stand are made in 6-8 exhibitions in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, China and Germany. The representatives of Marketing Commission actively work in the framework of 16+1, participate in the work of Intergovernmental Commissions, cooperates with Ministry of Transport, Latvian Investment and Development Agency and with industry associations organize Latvian entrepreneurs foreign visits and trade missions.