The 24th Kazakhstan International Transport & Logistics Exhibition “TransLogistica Kazakhstan 2021” took place on Oktober 13-15 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The Freeport of Riga and Ventspils, SJSC “Latvijas dzelzceļš”, Liepāja SEZ Authority were represented under the unified brand “Via Latvia”.

The main goal of the visit to Kazakhstan was to meet existing partners, look for new ones and present Latvian transport logistics industry as a profitable, modern and efficient part of the Eurasian transit corridor, facilitating transit cargo flow and creating new logistics chains through Latvian ports to Scandinavia and Western Europe.

By developing and improving the existing logistics chains, Kazakhstan can become an important partner in attracting container cargo from China, as there was a strong interest in the flow of this type of cargo at the exhibition.  Kazakh investors were also interested in the possibilities to build their own terminals in Latvia.

In parallel with the exhibition, on October 13, the third meeting of the Transport Working Group of the Latvia-Kazakhstan Intergovernmental Commission was held, chaired by Uldis Reimanis, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, and Berik KamalijevBerika, Deputy Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of Kazakhstan.  The agenda of the meeting included discussions on cooperation issues in civil and freight aviation, rail transport, international road transport, as well as transport logistics in connection with the promotion of Eurasian transport.  Parties agreed to prepare for signature an agreement on direct air services, which is currently being considered by the Kazakh side, before the forthcoming meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission.  The meeting of the Transport Working Group was attended by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to the Republic of Kazakhstan Irina Mangule, representatives of SJSC “Latvijas dzelzceļš”, Ltd. “LDz Loģistika” and Latvian ports.

Within the framework of the International Transport and Logistics Exhibition, the III International Conference “Transport and Logistics Market” took place on October 13-14.

Deputy State Secretary Uldis Reimanis addressed the first plenary session of the conference with a presentation “New Opportunities for Establishing Eurasian Connections through Latvia in the Post-Pandemic Period”, which discussed opportunities and solutions for how we can further develop and cooperate in today’s rapidly changing environment. “The pandemic clearly demonstrated the vulnerability of the transport and logistics sector: traditional supply chains were disrupted, logistics costs and delivery times increased significantly. At the same time, Latvian transport system and logistics industry continues to develop, finding new solutions.  We can offer our partners new logistics chains for Eurasian routes to Scandinavia

Jūlija Vasilkova, Chairman of the Board of Ltd. “LDz Loģistika”, spoke at the session dedicated to railway issues, presenting the possibilities of railway transportation, and together with colleagues from other countries discussed industry’s potential, cooperation opportunities and difficulties

The participants of the exhibition showed great interest in cooperation with Latvian companies and  “VIA LATVIA” stand.   Latvian stand was also visited by Beibut Atamkulov, Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of Kazakhstan.

Representatives of not only Kazakhstan, but also Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, China and other countries visited the stand.