Luka Koper d.d., which manages and operates the Port of Koper, was on 15th July visited by Turkey’s Minister of Transport, Mr. Binali Yildirim. Mr. Yildirim met with Luka Koper Management Board President Dr. Gregor Veselko, and Dr. Janez Požar, State Undersecretary for Maritime Transport, who presented him the port’s development plans as well as emphasized the geostrategic advantages of the Northern Adriatic route in Europe’s maritime trade with Turkey. 60% of Turkey’s foreign trade is conducted with EU states, thus Slovenia provides and excellent distribution locus for Turkish goods intended for Central and Eastern European markets; likewise, Turkey enjoys a strategically significant position in Europe’s trade with the Near East.
The Port of Koper is already heavily involved in shipments pertaining to the Turkish market, particularly the import and export of vehicles. Car transporters provide regular links to the ports of Gemlik, Izmir, Evyap and Istanbul, while container freight services link Koper with Mersin, Izmir and Istanbul. In 2009, the Port of Koper handled some 360,000 tonnes of cargo pertaining to the Turkish market, and almost 250,000 tonnes during the first half of 2010 alone. There exists further potential in the provision of RO-RO services for trucks, a deal of which is already being handled by the Port of Trieste.