For more information, refer to the Republic of Moldova's Customs website.
For more information, refer to the Republic of Moldova's customs website.
As a relatively small market, without challenging terrain, the major problem in developing distribution channels is poor infrastructure. Moldova is a landlocked country and shipping products by sea takes place via nearby Black Sea ports in Ukraine and Romania. Overland transportation to and from the ports is usually done by trucks and involves crossing state borders and customs clearance, which add extra costs and time to the shipment of goods. The recently completed Giurgiulesti International Port on the Danube River is strategically important and may help Moldova enjoy access to cheaper transportation by sea. The port is accessible to both fluvial and maritime vessels.
Among the challenges faced by distributors is usually illegal trade and smuggling through the weakly controlled Moldovan-Ukrainian border in the east along the breakaway region of Transnistria.
A European road that is in better condition and can be used to transport merchandise passes through Moldova and goes up to Moscow.
Railroad transport is a very important means of transport for merchandise and assuredly the most practical. There are more than 1000 kilometers of rail in Moldova and despite the bad state of the network, the train remains the primary method of transporting merchandise.
Since 2009, Moldova has an access to the sea via the port of Giurgelesti, almost at the confluence of the Danube and the Prut. This is a commercial port with a passenger terminal. Goods transportation can also be done via two of the country's rivers. The three principal ports are Bender, Rybnitsa and Varnitsa.
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