GEFCO Baltic was founded on 14th of February, 2008 in Riga, Latvia as subsidiary of GEFCO Group, one of the top 10 European transport and logistics companies. After 3 years of successfully working in Baltic region GEFCO Baltic opened a branch office in Vilnius, Lithuania on 21st of March, 2011.
GEFCO Baltic has been committed to profitable growth and outstanding quality ever since it was set up and team of more than 40 professionals is working today to contribute for success of GEFCO Baltic. Company has successfully handled many international projects and reached sales for more than 24 million EUR in 2015.
GEFCO Baltic provides services for:
- Transportation of Finished Vehicles;
- Transportation by Road, Air, Sea and Rail
- Multimodal Transportation
- Transportation and solutions for Industrial Projects
- Logistics and Added Value Services.
- Customs and Tax Representation
Excellence in business is top priority for GEFCO Baltic and company has serious approach towards environment safety. GEFCO Group has established a social responsibility program with the aim of improving the modes of operation with its employees, clients and partners, in line with the regulations of each of the countries where it operates. Since the UN Global compact was signed in December 2009, GEFCO has put a lot of time and effort into the ten founding principles concerning human rights, labour standards, the fight against corruption and environmental protection. This investment translates into the Group's values which are commitment, passion for service, solidarity, innovation and transparency.
GEFCO Baltic highly appreciates the value of education and gives opportunity to students to develop their professional skills and expand their knowledge about the transport and logistics sector by offering internships in different departments every year. Around 10 students a year do their internship in GEFCO Baltic and about 30% of interns receive job offer and possibility to continue their professional development.
Baltic Countries - Transport and Logistics
Historically, Baltic Countries – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania has been one of the main Transit Gateways for both north-south and east-west trade flows. Transportation and storage sector has traditionally been one of the key industries in the Baltic Countries, making a significant contribution to the wealth of the countries. Its geographical location remains central to strategically relevant transportation flows connecting such major world economies as USA, European Union, Russia, CIS and Far East. The transit sector is one of the strongest industrial sectors in Baltic and more than 80 % of turnover in ports and the major proportion of oil and oil products transported via trunk pipeline systems is transit.
Baltic Countries have a favorable position with multiple railway connections to CIS and Asian countries. Containers are delivered to/from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and China. Furthermore, special container trains VIKING (Klaipeda – Black Sea), ZUBR (Estonia – Latvia – Black Sea) and BALTIC-TRANSIT (Baltic States – Central Asia) secure direct access to several countries. To improve the rail connection between Central and Northern Europe and Germany, the Rail Baltica project has been launched providing railway connection between Tallinn and Warsaw of at least 950 km (728 km in the Baltic, of them 235 km in Latvia) with maximal speed of 240 km/h. Most of the transit flows operated via Baltic Countries from East to West are bulk, liquid and wagon loads while transit flows to Moscow and other parts of Russia and CIS countries, are dominated by containerized cargo.
Baltic Sea Ports – Although the majority of Eastern Baltic Sea cargo shipments originate from or head to Russia and other CIS countries, Baltic States altogether control around 35% of cargo flows in the region, while the rest is shipped through Russian ports. The Port of Riga, leading among the Baltic States, ranks 4th in the Eastern Baltic Sea region, right behind Primorsk, Ust-Luga and St. Petersburg.
Baltic Airports – Tallinn International Airport (TLL), Riga International Airport (RIX), and Vilnius International Airport (VNO) are handling air freight for local markets and transit goods. RIX is the largest in the Baltic Countries for cargo flows and the main air traffic centre in this region offering regular passenger, cargo and postal deliveries to more than 70 destinations in the world.
Road network in Baltic Countries is well-developed and further development is in progress. Governments have instigated policies to promote a high quality road infrastructure and road safety standards that will meet internationally approved requirements. Via Baltica, European transport corridor - route E67 connects European cities Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Kaunas, Warsaw, and Riga, Kaliningrad and Gdansk. Minor traffic congestions in capital cities and on major roads and no fees or taxes for using roads, bridges or tunnels are good factors for transit flows.
Governments support development of transit, transport and logistics sector and customs and tax legislation has been considerably improved in recent years, so both customs and tax authorities now have good communications and information systems. All this leads to better and more effective services for customers operation in or via Baltic Countries.