On Thursday 17th November, Turkey’s first Luka Koper Day was organised in Istanbul. This promotional event was attended by about ninety Turkish logistics providers, carriers, ship owners and manufacturers who are already familiar with - or have been introduced to - the opportunities provided by the Port of Koper.
"The participation and interest of our Turkish partners has been beyond all expectations. Turkey is particularly important to Luka Koper in relation to car shipments due to the fact that nearly 50% of vehicles handled by the port come from or go to this country. Further to this, co-operation in relation to the container freight and bulk cargo businesses is also being enhanced," commented Luka Koper Management Board President Dr. Gregor Veselko.
Turkey and the EU signed a customs agreement in 1995, and the EU is by far Turkey's most important trading partner, accounting for more than 50% of its total international trade. Luka Koper considers Turkey a very significant overseas market. Indeed, 700,000 tonnes of Turkish cargo will be transported via the port during 2011, a figure which includes 19,000 TEUs of container freight and some 200,000 vehicles of twelve models. The wide range of cargo handled ranges from paper and cellulose, through ferrous metals and steel manufactures, to a variety of minerals and other bulk cargos. Car throughput - both exports and imports - remains very intense, and can be attributed to the specialised weekly car-carrier services between Koper and Turkish ports.
The presentation of the Port of Koper in Istanbul was also attended by Slovenia’s Ambassador to Turkey, Mr Milan Jazbec, who, together with his colleagues, significantly contributed to the event's success. The participants were also addressed by Turkey’s International Transporters’ Association which represents Turkish road hauliers, as well as local companies already using Koper as their gateway to the EU.