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Last year, we opened the Baltic transport and logistics highlights report with gory news on the region's TEU volumes slaughterhouse, but this time we're exclusively in high spirits.
For the past 20 years logistics has become a major enabler for increased economic performance and competitiveness.
The EU is one of the key players on the global agricultural arena.
In the late 1990s, shipment management was largely conducted by phone, fax, pen and pencil, and occasionally with the use of e-mails.
Contrary to the container market - or the port business seen as a whole - the Baltic Sea ro-ro & ferry industry is on the rise, a modest one, but still it experienced another growth year.
Figures collected by the BTJ team - although not in all cases final-stamped by national statistics authorities - show that last year the turnover of Baltic ports reached more or less the 2014 level.
The past 12 months did not exactly abound with mind-blowing events. However...
Ports are the most visible interfaces and direct links between the neighbouring population and the maritime industry.
Roughly calculating 2014's volumes, dry bulk accounted for approx. 44% of goods carried by sea worldwide.
In 2014, the total container traffic in the BSR ports came close to the 10 mln TEU/year threshold for the second time in a row but did not go over the peak, short of a 'mere' 130 thou. 20-foot boxes.