On 28 September 2023, the 15th edition of the Port Constanța Day in Novi Sad took place at the Sheraton Hotel in Novi Sad, an event organized by Constanta Port Administration, through its representative in Republic of Serbia, and which has become a traditional logistic event in Serbia and a meeting opportunity for the most important actors in the field of transport, logistics and agri-business from Serbia, Croatia and Hungary.
The event was attended by more than 150 participants from the business sector, shipping companies, as well as institutions and organisations from the Danube region. The DC Secretariat was represented by Ms Jasna Muskatirovic and Mr Dejan Trifunovic.
Republic of Serbia is a traditional partner for Constanta port, with 6.7 million tons of goods originating or transiting to Serbia, in 2022. Port of Constanta also plays an important role in the EU-UA Solidarity Lanes. In the first semester of 2023, the volume of cargo transshipment at the Danube ports of Ukraine (Reni, Izmail and Ust-Dunaisk) amounted to 8.878 million tons, mainly Ukrainian grain, vegetable oil and related products. Port of Constanta has also been carrying out several EU funded projects for further development of its infrastructure and has established sea routes and services between the Port Constanta and Caspian region (Port Poti in Georgia for containers and Ro-Ro carries and Turkish port Karasu).
One of the topics debated during the event referred to Current challenges and solutions for the future, key stakeholders have emphasized the issues of current barriers in IWT transport, grain transport issues, as well as the issue of human capacity in ports and shipping companies. The disputed national procedures for shippers operating on the Cernavoda canal and the need for expensive pilotages were particularly pointed out.