New Cooperation in Prague
Ports of Bremen pay a visit to their Czech Partners
bremenports has had a representative in Prague since February. In future, the German-Czech Chamber of Industry and Commerce will represent the interests of the ports of Bremen in the Czech Republic on behalf of bremenports. The cooperation was presented to representatives of the Czech economy at a “logistics talk” organised by the port management company in Prague.
In his opening address, bremenports Managing Director Robert Howe stressed the importance of Bremen’s ports for the Czech Republic: “In 2018, the volume of trade between Bremen and the Czech Republic increased by around 15 per cent year-on-year, reaching the record level of 848.4 million euros. This makes the Czech Republic the most important foreign partner for the ports of Bremen, alongside Austria. Now, with your help, we wish to expand this promising situation even further.” He pointed that Bremen was the closest universal port to the Czech Republic and offered the best transport connections. Howe explained, “Direct trains run from the Czech Republic straight to the container terminal in Bremerhaven several times a week. Hardly surprising, then, that the trade relations between the ports of Bremen and the Czech Republic are developing at an impressive pace.”
At the start of the event, René Harun, Deputy President of the German-Czech Chamber of Industry and Commerce, had presented the chamber’s service portfolio. “As a bilateral chamber, our core task is not only to act as contact for German investors in the Czech Republic, but also to help Czech business enterprises gain a foothold in the German market,” emphasised Harun. “Like Bremen, the Czech Republic is a strong player in the automotive, logistics and innovative technology sectors, and we are therefore confident that the bremenports office here at the chamber will be in great demand and have plenty to do. We are delighted that we have been chosen to act as bremenports representative,” he added.
During the subsequent business part of the “logistics talk”, representatives of Kloosterboer BLG Coldstore and Wallenius Wilhemsen presented the activities of their companies at the ports of Bremen. Kloosterboer BLG Coldstore operates the largest commercial cold storage facility for frozen and refrigerated food products with a capacity of 30,000 euro pallet slots and also handles temperature-sensitive non-food products. Wallenius Wilhelmsen is a key partner for the ports of Bremen in the field of automobile transport. After the event in Prague, the representatives of Bremen’s ports moved on to Budapest, the venue for the next event. This will be the first “logistics talk” in Hungary after a long break and will be attended by our partners Kloosterboer BLG Coldstore, Eurogate and Wallenius Wilhelmsen.