Koper, Slovenia (PortSEurope) November 24, 2019 – A joint delegation from Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Transport Association and SPIRIT Slovenia has been in Seoul, South Korea, November 11-14, 2019, to promote Slovenia as a logistics platform for Central and Southeastern Europe in Asia. During the visit to Seoul, the Slovenian transport and logistics delegation met with Korean shipowners, freight forwarders, logistics operators, port
community companies, industrial companies, exporters, importers, traders interested in transport logistics services to promote markets in Slovenia. The primary purpose is to promote the shortest transport route to Central and Southeastern Europe and to present competitive and high-quality transport and logistics services for Korean companies that ship cargo to customers in Europe. It is a continuation of the promotion activities of the Slovenian transport and logistics sector in the overseas markets, which was organized in 2009 by the GZS – Transport Association in Malaysia and Singapore, continued in 2010 in China and Hong Kong, 2010 in India, 2013 and 2014 at China, 2015 in Vietnam and Indonesia, 2016 and 2018 in Japan and April this year in India. A business conference was attended by 48 representatives of the interested Korean business community and Luka Koper d.d. Management Board member Metod Podkrižnik said that South Korea is one of the most important markets for Luka Koper, as about 8% of the total cargo transhipped at Luka Koper is loaded or unloaded at its ports (at container over 15 % and for car transshipments over 8%). The logistical route via the port of Koper offers a route approximately 2,000 nautical miles shorter than the competing Northern European ports, reaching the markets of Central and Eastern Europe and other hinterland markets. Currently, Port Koper and South Korea are connected by direct regular weekly shipping links and very good intermodal (rail and road) connections with the hinterland, which together represents a strong competitive advantage. Gratian Necmeskal, President of the Association of Maritime Transport Agencies of Slovenia at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, said that South Korea is a major partners in terms of transhipment volumes via the Port of Koper. It would be worth considering how to take this advantage up to now, and to increase the existing throughput volumes, both at the level of containers and cars and other general goods. In his view, considering the business potential, it would be worth considering considering opening an economic representative office, which he believes could be further marketed and developed in daily contacts with potential new customers, while promoting the transport route through the port of Koper. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2019.