Landlocked Moldova is increasing its efforts to overcome Russia’s export embargo.
It is using a 460-metre stretch of a port on the Danube river to send its good abroad to the European Union and beyond.
Danube Logistics are the Dutch operator’s of the Giurgiuslesti port.
Thomas Moser, Danube Logistics’ General Manager, said: “We saw, because of this embargo, last year for the first time the export of apples. It’s the same with wine, we see a steady increase in the export of wine in containers to far growing markets like the United States and China and elsewhere. We are happy to support the Moldovan exporters in these difficult times.”
Through the new port, Moldova’s products reach 43 countries, something they didn’t do before, as previously the majority of exports were taken by truck to Russia.
Ion Sula, the Agriculture Minister, said: “All of our exports, such as cereals, fruit and cattle, can now be shipped from our new Danubian port of Giurgiulesti.”
The Russian embargo on Moldova’s exports struck a huge blow for farmers and the state but business through the new port has given the country a significant boost.