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Sea Connection with China?
September 28, 2012   
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As Poland strengthens its ties with China, a sea connection could soon be launched between the Polish seaports of Gdynia and Gdańsk and the Chinese port of Zhuhai.

The project would allow the transit of goods from Asia to Eastern Europe while bypassing the German port of Hamburg, establishing Poland as an alternative gateway to Europe for Asian businesses.

Talks with the Chinese are already at an advanced stage, according to Teresa Kamińska, president of the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone (PSSE), which aims to play a significant role in the project. “Polish and Chinese investors have already established direct contacts,” the Newseria news agency quoted Kamińska as saying.

A Chinese delegation recently visited the northern Polish cities of Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia. A letter of intent was signed on cooperation between the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone and its counterpart in Zhuhai.

The prospect of launching a sea connection with Asia is attractive to the Baltic seaports of Gdynia and Gdańsk as well as to cargo handling terminals operating there. The project promises to generate earnings for the seaports and terminals involved, and it is also expected to increase the importance of Poland as an international transit hub. Alongside Germany, Poland could become another gateway to Europe for businesses from Asia. This could encourage a number of new investment projects, such as the establishment of new logistics and research centers in Poland’s Pomerania region.

“We have carried out a number of innovation-based projects, including those related to the deepening of the ports, and we have excellent, modern terminals,” Kamińska said. “This is what we can offer and contribute to a potential joint venture company as part of which we would be providing services to major ship operators together with our Chinese partners.”
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