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Vpa Logistics with partners overcame Ryga

Vpa Logistics with partners overcame Ryga

After more than two years of hard work, the state transport company reaps the fruit - all NATO land-based part of the cargo, which until now has been sent to Afghanistan via Riga, will be sent through Klaipeda.
NATO cargoes will pass through the port of Klaipeda, as one of the country's largest logistics service companies "VPA Logistics" signed in Washington a cooperation agreement with NATO authorized representative JSC “Gate Logistics” concerning food and other cargo transportation to / from Afghanistan via Klaipeda port. For a long time, this big container cargo traffic went through Latvia - Riga sea and air ports.
The first 100 REF type containers with frozen food products and other goods will reach Klaipeda Container Terminal Ltd. (KTT) at the beginning of September. Total projected amount of containers will be about 200 units per week, and it will make about 6% of all current containers, entering to Klaipeda port.
In "VPA Logistics” terminal in Klaipeda part of these goods will be stored, loaded on land transport and will continue to move to Afghanistan. The other part will be taken to Siauliai airport from where the goods will be flown to Afghanistan by air.
"VPA Logistics" does not disclose how much a contract will increase the company's revenues, but only because of this project, the company is planning to create 20 new jobs.

Attractive solution

"We have been working for at least two years before signing this agreement. It just proves once again that careful systematic work always brings the desired result - says Darius Beinortas, "VPA Logistics" general director. - We proposed a really complex logistics solution for heterogeneous NATO cargoes. Together with the project partners - Klaipeda Container Terminal and Siauliai airport – we are planning to have an interesting and challenging job." Vaidotas Sileika, CEO of Klaipeda Container Terminal, says that the company has been working with the NATO cargo for several years, but it was not food products, it was miscellaneous equipment.
"I think this shows the competitiveness of Klaipeda port. Working together with “VPA Logistics” gave a good result. Both the terminal and the "VPA Logistics" have been making great efforts to interest the Americans and make them chose Klaipeda. Americans who visited Klaipeda saw that Klaipeda is a contemporary, modern, safe harbor, that offered service is of high quality and that the conditions are better than in Riga, - says Mr. Sileika. - I think, that form the point of view of pricing, the conditions, proposed by shipping companies, are better in Klaipeda than in Riga.” According to Mr. Beinortas, they had to prove that the company provides the highest level services to many NATO authorities. "After several audits of our activities we received VETCOM certificate (U.S. Army veterinary certificate), which such companies as Pepsi Beverages Company, Nestle Prepared Foods Company, Unilever have. This contract involves us in the highest world-class logistics service companies ranks "- believes Mr. Beinortas.

Important Support

Business representatives emphasize that Lithuanian state institutions’ and diplomats’ contribution helped to implement this project. "Dozens of visits to Washington, DC, regular meetings with NATO responsible officials - it's just a small part of the process, which we did. Coordinated actions of many Lithuanian institutions - the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Klaipeda regional customs, the State Food and Veterinary Office were really necessary- emphasizes the contribution of state institutions Mr. Beinortas. And Mr. Sileika notes that former Minister Masiulis and former port manager Eugenijus Gentvilas last year's visit to the U.S. where they presented Klaipeda port’s possibilities and perspectives, had great positive result.

"I think it also had a considerable influence. We are talking about the state order, and without state support would be quite difficult, "- says the CEO of Klaipeda Container Terminal.