From November 21-24, 2016 Minister of Transport Uldis Augulis and State Secretary Kaspars Ozoliņš were on a working visit to the U.S. to discuss prospects for Latvia-U.S. cooperation in the transport and logistics sector. In Washington, DC the Minister and State Secretary met with representatives of the U.S. Department of State, US TRANSCOM, the American-Central European Business Association and the US-Russia Business Council. They also visited the Quonset industrial park and Providence port terminal in Rhode Island.
The Transport Ministry leadership presented Latvia’s transport infrastructure and multimodal transit opportunities for U.S. cargo through Latvia’s ports for further distribution to Northern Europe, CIS countries and Central Asia. Cooperation in port development was discussed, thus promoting Latvia’s advantages as a transit corridor for cargo.
Minister U.Augulis invited U.S. to develop logistics centers in Latvia’s ports by taking advantage of the special economic zones and Latvia’s rail connections with China’s inland.
The U.S. side expressed interest in Latvia’s transport opportunities, which have greatly expanded based on experience from participation in the Northern Distribution Network, when Latvia proved to be a reliable partner of the U.S. government in securing supplies to the allied forces in Afghanistan. Currently U.S. ports and businesses are actively pursuing options for exporting energy resources and cargo to the Northern Europe and Baltic Sea regions.
During his visit to Washington, DC and Providence, RI the Minister was accompanied by Latvia’s Ambassador to the U.S. H.E. Andris Teikmanis. In Rhode Island they were joined by Mr. John Bolis, Latvia’s Honorary Consul.