Latvia has a unique geographical and cultural position, providing a strategic location for business operations targeting developed economies of the EU and emerging markets of
Latvia is a natural gateway between the US, EU and Asia (especially Russia/CIS). Advantages enabling successful trade include:
- advanced transport infrastructure: Located on the Baltic Sea, Latvia has three major, ice-free international ports—Riga, Liepaja and Ventspils—that are closely linked into the country’s land-based infrastructure, including an extensive rail, road and pipeline system. The largest airport in the Baltics is Riga International Airport—with over 70 international direct destinations, it serves almost two-thirds of all flights in the region.
- free trade: Latvia’s external trade and customs policy is based on free trade principles. Latvia is an EU country, a member of Schengen and an active participant of the World Trade Organization, enjoying all the benefits of free and open trade in the world’s markets. Customs and border procedures have been standardized for effective planning and coordination with trade partners around the world.
- export experience and support: Domestic companies continue to develop their exports, creating an environment of knowledge and ability that enable firms to grow their businesses in Latvia and abroad. Latvia’s history has prepared its workforce with knowledge of business and cultural norms that enable partnership with Western European countries, and particularly with Russia and other CIS countries. LIAA provides a host of services for assisting locally-registered companies to find and cultivate new markets.