Port of Gdansk 3rd in Baltic reloading in January

The Port of Gdansk was the third busiest on the Baltic last month when it came to handling trans-shipments, the port's spokeswoman reported on Wednesday.

Anna Drozd said that Gdansk had handled 4.6 million tonnes of cargo in January 2021, an increase of 8.8 percent compared to January 2020.

She added the Russian ports of Ust-Luga, Primorsk and St. Petersburg have dominated the market over the last decade in terms of the number of trans-shipments, in which cargo passes through a port before travelling on to its final destination.

All three ports have a significant share in servicing Russia's foreign trade.

"At the end of 2020, the difference between the Port of Gdansk and the Port of Primorsk was 1.3 million tonnes of cargo,” Drozd said.

However, a new deal moved Gdansk into third and ahead of Primorsk, which fell to fourth place in the rankings with trans-shipments of 4.4 million tonnes (-26.3 percent), according to the Polish port’s data.

But Gdansk is still behind Port Ust Luga, which handled 9.4 million tonnes (+3.6 percent), and St. Petersburg with 4.7 million tonnes (-0.8 percent).

The port's commercial director said that the Port of Gdansk's third place is evidence of the port’s flexibility.

The share of the Port of Gdansk in servicing Poland's maritime goods exchange remains high and in 2020 it amounted to 46.2 percent, the highest figure among all Polish ports.