On 23-25 September, the Port of Gdansk participated in the International Logistics and Transport Fair in China (Shenzhen) – CILF 2021. The meeting was an opportunity to promote both the port and the companies operating on its territory.
CILF attracts many well-known international companies, which present and promote the global impact of the Chinese logistics industry. The Port of Gdansk as the fastest growing European port in the last decade could not be missing there. Over the last 10 years it has recorded an increase in cargo handling by 76%, which proves a good use of funds allocated for the port’s development and effective management.
A great opportunity to strengthen the position of the Port of Gdansk in the international arena are fairs and conferences, where you can meet new business partners and establish cooperation. The port participates in a dozen or so such events annually. And for several years it has been very active on Asian markets. In 2018. Port of Gdansk opened a trade office in Shanghai, which supports contractors and partners in establishing relations with Chinese companies on a daily basis. Representatives of the office on the occasion of e.g. fairs, organise business meetings, show that Polish ports can successfully compete on the logistics and transport market with the largest ports in Europe.
The Shenzhen International Logistics and Transport Fair (CILF) is one of the most important events in the logistics and transport industry in Asia. Every year, the fair attracts around 1,800 exhibitors from more than 50 countries, as well as 130,000 visitors from over 80 regions. In addition to stand presentations, the trade fair also hosts numerous conferences, meetings and discussions devoted to current issues facing the logistics industry. The talks concern innovation, ecology of transport and new technologies. The Port of Gdansk has been participating in these events for many years.
During this year’s fair in Shenzhen, the Port of Gdansk for the first time organized a seminar “Poland the Logistics Hub of Europe” for over 100 logistics, forwarding, warehousing and e-commerce companies cooperating with Chinese partners in the exchange of goods. The seminar was opened by Sławomir Michalewski, Vice-President of the Port of Gdansk Authority. He stressed the importance of investments from the point of view of contractors. There have not been such big infrastructural projects in the Port of Gdañsk since late 70’s. In June 2021 the expansion and modernization of road and rail network in the Outer Port, the project worth 168 million PLN, was finished. The modernisation of the infrastructure in the Inner Port, consisting of quays and the waterway, is nearing completion. All these investments are very important for the port’s business. They are to increase the competitiveness of the port and its share in Baltic transshipments.
– Together with DCT Gdansk, we have announced the construction of a new terminal Baltic Hub 3. A third deep-water berth will be built within the port area, increasing the handling capacity of the DCT terminal by 1.5 million TEU to a total of 4.5 million TEU per year. Thanks to the continuous development of infrastructure, more Chinese partners will decide to cooperate with our port. We observe the development of Chinese ports and we are ready to deepen our cooperation – assured the vice-president Slawomir Michalewski.
For Asia, the port of Gdansk is a sea gate to the markets of Central and Eastern Europe, the most dynamically developing region of the European Union. Within the offered ocean lines it is the only Baltic port that operates direct container connections with China. It is an ideal market for 100 million consumers, but also an important place for production and constantly growing exports of high quality products to markets all over the world.
Guests of honour at the seminar were the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Guangzhou, the 1st Counsellor for Customs Affairs – KAS Representative at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Beijing and the Directorate of the Shenzhen City Trade Commission, Secretary General of Shenzhen Logistics and Supply Chain Management Association. The seminar was attended by representatives of PAIH, Invest in Pomerania, Allegro, Real Logistics, PKP S.A., Langowski Logistics, Uni-Logistics and Adampol.