Vietnam is an important, not yet exploited potential market for the Port of Koper. Vietnamese ports in Ho Chi Minh City, Haiphong, Da Nang and Vung Tao have many regular container links with Koper, but these have not been direct connections since January this year when port of Vung Tao was added to the direct line operated by the alliance 2M of shipping companies Maersk Line and MSC, with competitive transit time of only 27 days.
Quantities of Vietnamese goods via Koper are for the moment modest. In 2013, we handled 4,678 TEUs, last year 42% more (6635 TEUs). Cargo growth growth is expected also this year, mainly because of the direct connection with Vietnam.