(delegation of Serbian entrepreneurs and representatives of the municipality of Apatin)
Serbian delegation of entrepreneurs and representatives of the municipality of Apatin visited "Duisport", the commercial and transportation center of the region of Rhine/Rur in Germany, on September 7th. The representatives of the municipality of Apatin in that delegation were Živorad Smiljanić, the Mayor, and Snežana Milešević, the coordinator for LER.
This working visit was organized after the last month's visit of the Executive Director of the largest European port and his associates to Apatin. On that occasion, they got familiar with the potentials and started projects of the future intermodal center for transportation logistics in Apatin, with the port and industrial park in projected free zone Apatin.
The estimate of the management team of Duisport was that Apatin had exceptional geostrategic position on Pan-European corridor VII because it was situated in the vicinity of railway and road corridors X, IV and Vc.
The advantage of Apatin over other ports in Serbia lies in solid intention of the municipal authorities and the project for construction of the state-of-the-arts public port with international status on the Danube and the largest free zone in the region in Apatin in accordance with the latest Transportation Development Strategy of the Republic of Serbia.
(entrance to Duisport)
During the three-day visit, the delegation of Apatin had the tour of Duisport, which represents the largest industrial conurbation (an urban area comprising a number of mutually connected centers). There are 30m people living and working in the radius of 150 km from Duisburg, while over 300,000 companies are operating in the area, about 300 of which are specialized for transportation and logistics and offer their services within the port center. There are 6 intermodal terminals and 1.5m square meters of indoor storage space in Duisport. Navigable waterways, railway routes and highways are connecting Duisport with the major part of Central and East Europe, and it also represents a strategic background support for the harbors in the North Sea, including Rotterdam and Antwerpen.