How do you value Estonian role as a logistics country in the European Union?
Estonia has a great potential in Europe.
The main value is geographical position.
Port of Tallinn ranked third in goods total turnover after two Russian ports - Primorsk and Saint-Petersburg.
We are located in the triangle between Russia, Scandinavia and central Europe.
Our deep-sea ports are closest EU ports to North-West of Russia and Moscow. Our role in transit traffic between East and West will increase definately.
We have to consentrate more on value added services.
Does EU have a united logistics strategy or every member state have to fight for their own interest?
EU has it's transport policy. EU supports shortsea, railway and multimodal transport. Thats wise thing to do, because European roads are deadlocked.
Boost in production and consuming in Asia and Far-East increases dramatically transcontinental transit traffic.
Baltic states compete each other to be the hub for chinese goods. What is the current situation in three Baltic states?
We are competitors and partners in the same time. It's wise to develop partnership, because each country can't handle the flow of goods separately. Right now the amounts are small, but future will bring rapid increase. We work towards it
All three countries have to be ready for it.
But like usually in business, its very unlike that we will have consensus in these questions like we had at the time we re-established our independence.
How do you see the ideal partnership between Hong Kong and Estonia?
There are a lot of opportunities. We have also contcts with Ningbo and Dalian ports.
Finding a concrete solution is a matter of negotiations. If we are able to realize the opportunities, we will be very satisfied.
The main themes are definitely container transportation and goods distribution.
Goods from Western China are expedient to transport via Kazakhstan.
Goods from Northern part of China and Japan will likely reach to Estonia via Transsiberian railway.
The cheapest but the lowest (takes approximately six weeks) variant is to transport goods from China by the sea.