MACEDONIA REPLACES SOLUN WITH BAR
The first cargo train on route Skopje - Bar has started. The cargo shipment had been loaded since 10am this morning after a joint meeting between businessmen and Government officials of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.
Present were members of the largest metallurgy companies in Macedonia who this summer picked the Montenegro port as a replacement for Greece’s Solun port.
Goods would be transported via Kraljevo which besides a train link offers road connection both ways. Blockades at the Solun port, frequent closings of the border had blocked the Macedonian metallurgy industry from exporting. The metallurgy contributes 20% of the Macedonian GDP. Topped with the current political situation and possible future complications, Macedonia looked for a way to ditribute its goods by bypassing Greece.
The Montenegro port was ideal, has terminals for all kinds of goods, and because it is in a region of free economic zone, it will become the center for Macedonian exports. The advantages of Bar over Solun are also the much lower tariffs.