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Slovenia seen as ideal gateway to Central, Southeast Europe

Dubai, 13 January (STA) - Slovenia's logistics sector was in the focus of a debate at the Slovenian pavilion at the Dubai Expo as business representatives highlighted the port of Koper and the inland logistics infrastructure as an ideal gateway to Central and Southeast Europe for cargo coming from the Middle East and Far East.


The country can serve as a jumping-off point for access to 200 million customers in Central Europe and 20 million in Southeast Europe, said Peter Pišek, the head of the transport department at the Chamber of Trade Crafts and Small Business (OZS).

The OZS projects the European logistics market will grow at an average annual rate of 4.4% through 2025, driven by manufacturing and online sales.

"Slovenian logistics companies employ 40,000 people and have more than 11,000 vehicles. They are reliable partners," according to Pišek.

Milan Slokar, the head of the goods transport division at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS), noted that Slovenia was the shortest route from the Middle East to the "heart of Europe".

Being at the intersection of two pan-European transport corridors, it has developed modern infrastructure and logistics, and it has adequate warehousing capacity, he said.

The forum, organised by the GZS and OZS, was part of a series of events organised at the Slovenian pavilion that are dedicated to transport and logistics.