The business companies, operating in the Liepaja Special Economic Zone, ended the year 2021 with an increase in the total port cargo volume, commissioning of five new factories, creation of new jobs and a steady increase of volumes in the manufacturing industry.
The port stevedoring companies were able to adapt to the market situation, geopolitics and fierce competition in the Baltic Sea region, handling 7.06 million tons of cargo, which is an increase by 6.9% as compared to the cargo throughput in 2020.
Traditionally, the largest commodity group was bulk cargo - 4,724.3 thousand tons, or 67% of the total cargo volume, most of which are agricultural products. The second largest cargo group - general cargoes - accounted for 25% or 1,786.5 thousand tons, liquid cargo transshipment amounted to 8% or 545.9 thousand tons.
The largest increase in cargo volume last year was achieved in the general cargo segment - the volumes of cargoes, shipped by the ferry to and from Travemunde (Germany) increased by 61.7%.
In August last year, the container feeder line Liepaja-Gdansk was opened, allowing the domestic cargoes to be localized in the Port of Liepaja and ensuring growth of containerized cargoes by 124.8%. In 2021, approximately 50% of the overall cargo volumes in the Port of Liepaja were of local origin. Last year 1,652 ships called the Port of Liepaja, the number of arriving and departing passengers increased by 40%, and reached 44,576.
The stable operation of the port has always been closely linked to the growth of the manufacturing industry. In 2021, five new production buildings with a total area of 20,840.3 m2 were put into operation in the territory of the Liepaja SEZ.
In February, the Liepaja City Construction Board commissioned the new production building of SIA “iCotton“, in August the manufacturing premises of LSEZ SIA “GF Powdercoating“ in the territory of the former steel plant. The new precast concrete plant of UPB Group "Dzelzsbetons MB" started its operation in November, and in December two more new production buildings were put into operation – that of LSEZ SIA “RT Metāls“ in Karosta, and the newly built manufacturing premises of LSEZ SIA “Vecās Ostmalas Bznesa Parks“ (VOBP).
Currently, three more manufacturing facilities are under construction - LSEZ SIA “Pumac Liepāja“, LSEZ SIA “Jensen Metal“ and SIA “EB Liepāja“. In 2021, four new foreign companies started their business in the territory of the Liepaja SEZ - the Danish furniture manufacturer “KVIST Industries“ A/S, the fish processing company with Lithuanian capital SIA “Syfud“, the Finnish metalworking company LSEZ SIA “Premekon“ and the Norwegian company “Norplast Piemare” LSEZ AS.