From January 2023, Turkey will test a roro service to Romania, the president of the Romanian Customs Authority, Bogdan Mihei, told Profit.ro.
The Turkish authorities are interested in supporting the export of some goods such as vegetables and fruits to Romania and the EU, but also some imports on the same route, such as cereals. Transporting loads, including containers, by ferry would be cheaper and would avoid road traffic in Bulgaria, but also in the straits area.
In the past similar projects failed mainly because of delays of the veterinary and food safety checks. Now the port of Constanta will be ready, says Mr Mihei.
It is unknown who is behind the service. In June 2022, DP World announced with a press release that the Romanian government signed an agreement with Dubai’s Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) to develop new infrastructure at the Port of Constanta, to turn it into one of the most important cargo and vehicle hubs on the Black Sea.