Transport Opportunities

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Last updated: 22 Feb 2011

Transport and logistics play a vital role in the Estonian economy. The country’s favourable geographic location, along with its well-developed infrastructure, offers excellent opportunities for all transport and logistics related activities.

Sector briefing Transport sector in Estonia See the UKTI website for general information Why Estonia? about Estonia. The ?Doing business? guide includes an overview of the economy, business Transport and logistics play a vital role in the culture, potential opportunities and other Estonian economy. The country?s favourable relevant issues. geographic location, along with its well- developed infrastructure, offers excellent opportunities for all transport and logistics related activities. Estonia has become a transit centre between the East and the West as well as the North and the South. Its location is ideal for the creation of efficient transportation links and distribution chains of goods and services for companies in Europe and in other parts of the world. The Estonian transport system comprises railway, road, sea, inland water and air transport, electric public transport in cities and transport via pipelines. The transport sector employs around 50,000 people (over 8% of the working population) and accounts for more than 8% of Estonian GDP. Transport contributes considerably to Estonian export revenues and balance of trade. The national transit infrastructure is generally well established. and due to high levels of competition local logistics and transport companies are comparable to their western counterparts in terms of service and quality UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: transport opportunities in Estonia Opportunities Development strategy for the transport sector is the responsibility of the Ministry of Economics and Communication. All high priority projects connected with reconstruction and development of the transport and ports infrastructure are monitored by the state. For large-scale projects, the state usually announces public procurement tenders. Most of these projects are co-financed by European Structural Funds. One example of a government-funded project is Rail-Baltica. There are also potential opportunities for UK companies in logistics, development of ports infrastructure (for example, the Port of Muuga project) and clustering. The Tallinn city government is currently considering the creation of a sea transport based ?cluster?, and is looking for UK partners in order to learn from their experience and potentially develop bi- lateral projects. Due to recent political constraints and a considerable decrease in transit of liquid goods by Estonian railways, Estonian logistics and transport operators are seeking alternatives - such as the development of container transit and motorway transit. There is potential for Western European companies to get involved on a partnership basis. If you have any questions about these opportunities, get in touch with our Trade & Investment Adviser in Talinn. Business opportunities aimed at UK companies are added daily to the UKTI website, including opportunities in Estonia and transport opportunities around the world. These leads are sourced by our staff overseas in British Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors and in over 100 markets. You can be alerted to business opportunities on a regular basis by registering on the website. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: transport opportunities in Estonia Major events and activities UKTI contacts Elena Sedova For details of events related to this country or Trade & Investment Adviser sector, use the events search on the UKTI British Embassy Tallinn website or register to receive regular updates. Tel: (00 372) 667 4738 New export events are added daily. Email: Elena.Sedova@fco.gov.uk UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to attend trade shows overseas. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: transport opportunities in Estonia Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the Estonian market are advised to you to meet contacts and promote your undertake as much market research and company in the Romanian market planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Estonia, with its wide local knowledge and This work is available via our Overseas Market experience, can provide a range of services to Introduction Service (OMIS), a chargeable British-based companies wishing to grow their service which assists British-based companies business in global markets. wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information To find out more about commissioning this ? Validated lists of agents/distributors work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Key market players or potential specialist advice, contact your local UKTI office. customers in the Romanian market ? Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that information provided through this document is accurate, these Commercial Departments, UKTI, the FCO and BIS accept no liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements in such information and accept no responsibility as to the standing of any firm, company or individual mentioned. Any party interested in the goods or services provided by any company referred to in this material should undertake their own research and should not consider a reference in this material to be an endorsement of any goods, services or companies mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: transport opportunities in Estonia
Posted: 26 January 2011, last updated 22 February 2011

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