It's December 1, and today we are celebrating the opening of our two brand-new offices in Bulgaria. Staffed with 21 shipping experts, we are looking forward to serving our customers in Varna and Sofia.
With a population of around 7.1 million, the country has become an attractive market within the European Union, strategically located in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula. The Bulgarian economy has expanded significantly in recent years, with a GDP growth expected to remain at about 3.5 percent in 2023 and 2024. The country has a strong energy sector but is also growing substantially in sectors such as mining, metallurgy, engineering, agriculture and tourism. The main industrial exports are refined copper, seeds, food additives, medical equipment, tobacco, machinery, copper and zinc. Major imports include machinery and appliances, solar equipment, bicycles and construction materials.
Bulgaria is an attractive growth market for Hapag-Lloyd and occupies a strategic position in Southeast Europe connecting the country to Central and Eastern European countries via the pan-European Rhine-Danube corridor, but also through transshipment to key locations in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Americas via barge, truck and train.
"Our new offices in Bulgaria demonstrate our commitment to the Black Sea region. Bulgaria is an attractive growth market for us with two major ports and good hinterland connections by road and rail," said Juan Pablo Richards, Senior Managing Director Region South Europe at Hapag-Lloyd. "We are very pleased to open our own offices in this strategically important location, which will allow us to better serve our customers in the Black Sea region and the Balkan Area”.
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Bulgaria.