• 2019 January 18 10:47

    Free zone status is a crucial advantage for the future development of the Freeport of Riga

    One of the crucial features of the investment climate at the Freeport of Riga is an opportunity for merchants to operate under the Free Economic Zone Regime, the port says in a press release. The new Freeport of Riga Development Programme 2019-2028 provides for active promotion of the advantages ensured by the free economic zone in order to use the port territory more effectively and attract new development projects to vacant port territories.

    There is an opinion that a free economic zone is an invention of the 20th century. However, in the case of ports, the introduction of special tax arrangements as an approach to facilitating trade has existed for many centuries. The concept of the freeport itself has long implied special conditions which mostly apply to the customs clearance of goods. The significance of the freeport regime in facilitating trade is suggested by the fact that during the times of the first Free State of Latvia, the law on the Freeport of Riga was adopted before the development of the Constitution was finished.

    Today, the Free Zone involves many different activities — from significant tax discounts to facilitated customs and goods flow procedures. The total direct tax discounts for a merchant may reach up to 55% of the investment amount made in the port territory. The activity of entrepreneurs operating in the Port of Riga, using advantages offered by the Free Zone, suggests that the Free Zone Regime facilitates the attraction of investment and cargo turnover. The number of merchants which signed operation agreements under a special regime at the Port of Riga has significantly increased over the last decade. In 2009, licensed business activities were carried out by 16 companies, while in 2018 permits for licensed business activities have already been received by 23 companies.

    “More than half of the total investment made by port companies in port infrastructure over the last decade has been made precisely by merchants that operate under a special regime and can use tax discounts. All of them are new, large companies which have constructed the infrastructure for terminals over the last decade: SIA “Riga Fertilizer Terminal”, SIA “Riga Bulk Terminal”, SIA “TFS Trans” and others”, said Edgars Sūna, Deputy CEO of the Freeport of Riga for Port Development Matters.

    In turn, Atis Šulte, Business Development Director of SIA “Rīgas Universālais termināls” (RUT), explained: “Operation under the Free Zone Regime provides both direct advantages to our company and favourable conditions which we can offer our clients. Tax breaks eventually mean more funds for the company, which remain at our disposal and which we can further invest in the development of the terminal and improvement of competitiveness”.

    The free economic zone plays a role in attracting new clients and cargo to the Port of Riga. Šulte continued: “For our clients, the status of a free economic zone primarily means advantages in the fulfilment of customs formalities when exporting or storing cargo in our terminal. This, in turn, enables us to be a step ahead in terms of market competition. Benefits provided by Free Zone status definitely played a role in the decision of our strategic partner, the company Portekfrom Singapore, to invest in the company five years ago”.

2019 February 16

14:42 Höegh’s RoRo solution chosen for 112MT Transformer shipment
13:28 Torqeedo wins Innovation Award at Miami International Boat Show for powerful new inboard electric propulsion system
12:13 Telford Offshore beefs up its fleet
10:26 Chevron inks new LNG agreement with GS Caltex

2019 February 15

18:05 Noble Corporation announces purchase of a second newbuild jackup rig from PaxOcean
16:57 Port of Goole powered by £1 million solar installation
16:26 ABP continues support of Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service
15:30 Sea Cup 2019 preliminaries kick off in Kamchatka
15:04 CNIIMF authorized to confirm conformity of dangerous cargo containers
13:59 Nevsky Shipyard starts cutting metal for cargo-passenger ship of PV22 project
13:32 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 5,500 tonnes fish in Jan’2019, down 48% Y-o-Y
13:08 Fincantieri and Princess Cruises celebrate three construction milestones of three “Royal” class ships at the Monfalcone shipyard
12:45 Dredging under Sea Port Sukhodol project to exceed 7 mln cbm – details to be covered at the Congress
12:08 Port of Oakland import volume increased 9 percent January 2019
11:46 8 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 14-15
11:27 Okskaya Sudoverf lays down seventh dry cargo carrier of Project RSD32M
11:08 DNV GL and Metalships & Docks ink class agreement for luxury sailing vessel
10:53 Throughput of Ukraine’s seaports in Jan’19 grew by 3.4% Y-o-Y to 11.19 million tonnes
10:29 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.63% to $64.98, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.57% to $54.72
10:08 EFIP welcomes the adoption of the European Parliament resolution on NAIADES II
09:41 Bunker prices are going up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index up down to 628 points
09:07 ICTSI inaugurates the expansion of its Batumi International Container Terminal
08:07 MAN Energy Solutions wins contract to supply the engines for a new harbour tug in Spain
07:41 Inmarsat announces new initiatives to support maritime, ports and logistics start-ups with Rainmaking and Bluetech

2019 February 14

18:03 Austal's LCS 20 completes acceptance trials
17:44 Royal Navy to discuss the future of unmanned and autonomous naval warfare at SMi's 3rd annual Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology 2019
17:22 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in January 2019 fell by 26% Y-o-Y to about 190,000 tonnes
17:03 MOL Techno-Trade takes part in marine environmental protection program
16:25 VTB acquires 100% of Novorossiysk Grain Terminal from NSCP Group
16:03 Port of Virginia container volume up 8.9% to 134,638 TEU in January 2019
16:03 Expert expects uncertainty on global fuel market next week
15:49 “K” Line’s LNGC makes maiden call from Ichthys LNG Project to Naoetsu LNG Terminal in Japan
15:40 BSTDB to finance construction of Lavna coal terminal under agreement with STLC
15:21 2nd Conference “Dangerous cargoes: new transportation requirements” to be held under the auspices of RF Chamber of Commerce and Industry
15:03 ONE renewes own loading record exceeding 19000TEUs
14:33 Maersk and PBF Logistics LP announce agreement for production and storage of 0.5% sulphur fuel on the U.S. East Coast
14:02 Port of Long Beach volumes decrease 0.1 percent to 657,286 TEU in Jan 2019
13:50 Multipurpose Transshipment Complex to be built in Primorsk
13:32 Port of Los Angeles volumes up 5.4 percent to 852,449 TEUs in January 2019
13:02 Port of Rotterdam throughput volume up to 469.0 million tonnes in 2018
12:46 Supply vessel OCEAN COOPER 2 sinks in Singapore waters
12:25 Baltic Sea Region cruise ports commit to reducing negative ecological impacts
11:27 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:09 Port of Marseille-Fos to deliver the first phase of the subsea cable landing infrastructure by Q3 2019
10:31 9 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 13-14
10:09 GTT receives an order from Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of a new LNG Carrier for Minerva Gas
09:44 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.66% to $64.03, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.58% to $54.21
09:25 Baltic Dry Index is up to 608 points
09:08 ABB to power Iceland’s first electric ferry ABB to power Iceland’s first electric ferry

2019 February 13

18:10 Shell and partners start deep-water production at Lula North in Brazil
17:46 OLT Offshore LNG Toscana Regasification Terminal works at almost full capacity
17:23 Excelerate’s Northeast Gateway Deepwater Terminal reached a peak send-out flow rate
16:58 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in Jan’2019 fell by 8.9% Y-o-Y to 4.12 million tonnes
16:29 II HES and Dredging Forum to address deep-water routes to Sabetta and Novoportovsky terminal
15:57 Port of Singapore throughput in Jan’2019 fell by 2.4% Y-o-Y to 51.93 million tonnes
15:32 Throughput of Russian seaports in Jan'2019 grew by 5.6% Y-o-Y to 67.6 million tonnes of cargo (detalization)
15:05 Bank VTB acquired 50 percent minus one share in United Grain Company
15:04 NYK conducts crisis-response drill with ONE
14:56 DNV GL and Metalships & Docks ink class agreement for luxury sailing vessel