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Representatives of the Szczecin and Swinoujscie Seaports Authority at the fair in Brno

Representatives of the Ports Authority, headed by Mr. Janusz Catewicz, CEO, and Mr. Piotr Jania, Deputy CEO, participated in the fourth International Transport and Logistic Fair in Brno on 1st to 5th October 2007. The Fair was organized together with the 49th Industrial Fair.

This year, the fair had a very solemn form. Representatives of the Czech government honoured the fair with their presence. Transport and Logistic Fairs are organized every two years.

This year 210 companies from 60 countries presented their offers. Next to our stand, their offers presented German ports of Rostock and Sasnitz, and Slovenian ports of Koper and Luka. The fair was attended also by shipowners of Scandlines, Finnlines, numerous carriers and forwarders from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Russia, Austria, Germany and Belarus, as well as representatives of Czech, Slovakian and Austrian rail authorities and PKP Cargo, Poland.

Representatives of ZMPSiS S.A. held talks with potential clients of the two ports, including major Czech and Slovak exporters such as USS Steel Koszyce, Ewraz-Vitkovice Steel, Morawia Steel, Trinec, Mittal Ostrava, and NH-Trans.

Attention focused on new possibilities for cargo transhipment and storage. These included implemented and planned investments with a special emphasis on measures related to development of a ferry terminal in Swinoujscie, planned completion of the Container Base project in Ostrów Grabowski, extension of the Duty Free Zone and investments in Bulk Cargo area as well as the Westpomeranian Logistic Centre.

Representatives of ZMPSiS emphasised potential solutions related to dispatching cargo in containers from the port of Szczecin to the US. The CSI, an American security certificate, is a significant advantage.

Potential clients and investors were very much interested in possibilities and potential of the ports. Thus, talks instigated during the fair will be continued.

As a result of numerous meetings with Czech and Slovak exporters, the port and shipping companies received inquiries concerning possibility of transport and handling of cargo dispatched to Scandinavia, Russia, China, USA, West Africa, and India.