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Gdańsk has third busiest port on Baltic in January

The Port of Gdańsk, northern Poland, was the third busiest on the Baltic coast last month when it came to handling trans-shipments, Anna Drozd, the port’s spokeswoman reported on Wednesday.

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She said that Gdańsk had handled 4.6 mln tonnes of cargo in January 2021, an increase of 8.8 percent compared to January 2020.

She added two Russian ports of Ust-Luga, Primorsk and St. Petersburg have dominated the market over the last decade in terms of the number of trans-shipments, in which cargo passes through a port before travelling on to its final destination.

All three ports have a significant share in servicing Russia’s foreign trade.

“At the end of 2020, the difference between the Port of Gdańsk and the Port of Primorsk was 1.3 mln tonnes of cargo,” Ms Drozd said.

However, a new deal moved Gdańsk into third and ahead of Primorsk, which fell to fourth place in the rankings with trans-shipments of 4.4 mln tonnes (-26.3 percent), according to the Polish port’s data.

But Gdańsk is still behind Port Ust Luga, which handled 9.4 mln tonnes (+3.6 percent), and St. Petersburg with 4.7 mln tonnes (-0.8 percent).

The port’s commercial director said that the Port of Gdańsk’s third place is evidence of the port’s flexibility.

The share of the Port of Gdańsk in servicing Poland’s maritime goods exchange remains high and in 2020 it amounted to 46.2 percent, the highest figure among all Polish ports.

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