Riga: “Baltic Cargo Hub” freight center is being built

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At Riga Airport, Air Baltic is building the Baltic Cargo Hub in collaboration with UPB Nams. This facility will become the air cargo handling center in Latvia.

The facility will have direct access to the apron so that the import, export and transit of cargo can be processed quickly and easily. Currently, air cargo volumes in Latvia consist of four main areas: export and import of high-value goods, transportation of postal and e-commerce shipments, transit air cargo services and transit of non-military goods. Globally, air cargo accounts for 1% of trade volume but 35% of its value, showing that countries with a well-developed air cargo network benefit significantly from an economic perspective.

The new Baltic Cargo Hub will be equipped with state-of-the-art, semi-automated cargo handling facilities – Material Handling System (MHS), including a mail sorter. These innovations will significantly improve the efficiency of handling both cargo and belly cargo aircraft. The Baltic Cargo Hub is designed to handle specialized cargo and has dedicated temperature-controlled rooms for pharmaceuticals and perishable goods, as well as rooms for dangerous goods, live animals and valuable shipments.