Why our development in Romania is so important

Why our development in Romania is so important

Date: 05/01/2023

Romania lies in a strategic location in eastern Europe, with its Black Sea coast offering a gateway for trade with the wider world.

But the country has historically struggled to maximise its geographical advantages, as it’s been constrained by a lack of infrastructure linking its industrial heartland to coastal ports like our container terminal at Constanta

At DP World, we are driven by solving problems and creating new connections. That’s why we are building a new inland container terminal and logistics hub near the city of Aiud in north-east Romania. This will help create the infrastructure links that Romanian industry has lacked for so long. 

The terminal and our other investments in the country will bring a range of benefits to local businesses – as well as to global traders, thanks to new facilities for moving cargo between Europe and Asia. 

Connecting industry with import/export capacity

The multimodal terminal at Aiud will link the region of Romania that produces 50% of the country’s industrial GDP with direct rail connections across Europe and all the way to China. 

The terminal will have more than 82,000 m2 of storage capacity and 10,000 m2  of warehousing. And there will be 2.5 km of rail tracks to manage container movement. When cargo is ready to leave the facility, a 2.8 km rail link will connect the new terminal to the wider Romanian network and onwards to international logistics services. 

After decades of relative isolation, our new development will finally give Romanian businesses fast links to key export markets. With a direct connection to our Constanta container terminal on the Black Sea, the Aiud development will enable Romania to become a commercial hub for eastbound trade from Europe.

Positioning Eastern Europe on the new Silk Road

We have a long-standing commitment to scaling up capacity to meet future customer requirements, and our expanding operations in Romania are doing just that. 

We recently signed an agreement with the Romanian government to develop new infrastructure at the port of Constanta – a project that will make it one of the most important cargo and vehicle hubs on the Black Sea. We are proud to have been selected to develop this unique roll-on/roll-off terminal that will play a major role in securing and expanding supply chains for Eastern Europe.

Constanta’s strategic location gives it a range of advantages over other ports in the region. As well as direct access to international rail links and the Black Sea, barge transport along an inland shipping canal links Constanta to the River Danube and the heart of Europe. The port is also positioned centrally on the new Silk Road, an integrated network of logistics services linking trade flows from Asia’s booming economies with the wider world. 

The new infrastructure we are building will help Romania to realise the full economic potential of a nation with strategic access to the Black Sea. At a time when global supply chains are stretched, expanding capacity for connections between Europe and Asia will provide an economic boost both for Romania and economies along these transcontinental trading routes.