High Delegation from the Kingdom of Thailand Visit Luka Koper

02.02.2011

On Monday 31st January 2011, Luka Koper was visited by their excellencies Mr Kasit Piromya, ’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Ambassador Nongnuth Phetcharatana, together with their colleagues. These esteemed guests were received by Mr Gregor Veselko, President of the Management Board of Luka Koper, and his deputy Toma┼ż Martin Jamnik.

The delegation expressed ’s great interest in closer collaboration with the Port of Koper , further to which the company has already harmonised a Friendship Agreement between Luka Koper d.d. and the Port Authority of Thailandwhich will be signed in the coming months. Responsible for the regulation and governance of its country’s seaports, the Port Authority of Thailand also operates the ports Laem Chabang and Bangkok.

The establishment of direct lines between Koper and the Far East has resulted in an evident increase in cargo. Organic fertilisers, rubber and flour account for large proportion of Thailand’s exports; the country is also a car manufacturer (Mitsubishi, Toyota), whilst its container  freight exports to Europe  include footwear and foodstuffs - in particular rice, as well as tuna and a wide variety of tinned fruits. 

Due to regular lines, which provide shorter transit times, the Port of Koper is becoming an evermore significant entrepôt for cargo from ; it also lies nearer to Europe’s hinterland than the continent’s largest ports: in comparison with - for example - Rotterdam, Koper is 600 km closer to Vienna, and 700 km closer to Budapest . The Port of Koper is also two days sailing nearer to the markets of the Far East than the major ports on the north-western periphery of the continent. 

Luka Koper is of the opinion that Southeast Asia a most interesting region, and its rapidly-growing markets hold great potential for the future. Indeed, in 2007 it opened an office in Port Klang, and since 2009 has been represented by ’s – Infinity Logistics and Transport – a company with an extensive network of offices in the region, including Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia.