Welcome to the Freeport of Ventspils!
The Freeport of Ventspils is transport, transit and industrial center of international significance in Latvia and the Baltic Sea region. Advantages of ice-free deep-water port, diverse range of transport connections and logistics opportunities make us easily accessible in the EU, the CIS and towards the direction of Central Asia.
Ventspils offers beneficial terms of cooperation, customized manufacturing infrastructure and provision of strategic resources, rich intellectual capital, scientific and educational potential, as well as an attractive city environment on the coast of the Baltic Sea.
The status of Special Economic Zone, tax incentives, more than 700 hectares of free land available for industrial project development, integration into the TEN-T transport network, availability of skilled labor, the Freeport and the City Administration support are the basis for the establishment of new production facilities for the long-term growth in Ventspils.
Being the deepest port on the Eastern coast of the Baltic Sea, we are able to serve the largest ships, which enter the Baltic Sea. All you need for business is available 24/7 at the Freeport of Ventspils: 12 cargo terminals of all types, 23 shipping agencies, regular ferry connections to Sweden and Germany, tug, bunkering and other services.
Businesses currently in Freeport of Ventspils
Chairman and owner of Malmar Sheet Metal Dorsan De Buysscher:
– Although we visited Liepaja, Jelgava and Riga, Ventspils attracted us more. Not only because it is green and beautiful, but also because educated and motivated people live here. What is more, we found welcoming people in several city authorities, and there was land available for us… But the most important reason is the logistics infrastructure, the ferry traffic to Germany and Sweden, as well as the infrastructure for business start-ups, such as the VHTP Business Incubator. The North Kurzeme Vocational Education Competence Center provides companies with young and educated employees. Also the Ventspils High Technology Park played an important role by helping to obtain European co-financing, which resulted in a new industrial building for our company.
Chairman of the Board of Ventspils Electronics Factory Ilmārs Osmanis:
– We started to build the Ventspils Electronics Factory in 2005, and I wondered: “Who would work in the factory?” In response to this question the city even created a new engineering department in the Ventspils University College, Faculty of Information Technology, and later also the Electronic technician program in the North Kurzeme Vocational Education Competence Center. Due to their skills and proximity, the graduates of these programs are still in high demand.