Attraction of Chinese cargos hopeful

It is possible to replace a part of the lost Russian cargos to the Riga port with cargos from other countries, including China, said Riga Vice-Mayor and Riga Freeport board chairman Andris Ameriks in an interview with the Latvian public television on Wednesday citing LETA.


Ameriks said that cargo turnover at the Riga port has dropped due to Russia’s decision. The decline initially has been projected at some four million tons, but it seems it might be around three million tons. Russia’s oil products now are being shipped more to Russia’s ports and Turkey.

Cooperation with China might serve as an alternative, the politician said. He said that nobody will “carry this offer on a tray”, but Riga and Latvia has a good offer with its ports in combination with railway, and the situation looks hopeful.