Accessibility to large markets

Latvia can be proud of its unique geographical and cultural position, providing a strategic location for business operations targeting developed economies of the EU and emerging markets of eastern neighbours. Latvia is a natural gateway between the Scandinavia, EU and Asia. Advantages enabling successful trade include:

Advanced transport infrastructure

Located on the coast of the Baltic Sea, Latvia has three major ice-free international ports — Riga, Liepaja and Ventspils — that are closely linked to the country’s land-based infrastructure, including an extensive rail, road and pipeline system.

Riga International Airport is the largest airport in the Baltics, and in 2022, it handled 5.38 million passengers, the highest number in the Baltics for a single airport, and 21 115 tonnes of cargo. The airport currently serves 11 airlines, including Latvia’s national airline airBaltic, low-fare carriers Ryanair, Wizzair, Norwegian, and European leaders like Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and Finnair. The said companies and others ensure fast and reliable direct travel from Riga International Airport to almost 80 destinations in the winter season and around 100 destinations in the summer season. 

In 2016, Riga International Airport completed the construction of a North Pier for the terminal, which will enable the airport to continue its current growth and increase passenger-handling capacity.

RIX Airport City – a new concept city

The development of the RIX Airport City, which is part of the Airport's medium-term strategy "Runway 2027", includes the development of existing traditional aviation services – passenger and cargo transport – and integration thereof with other business activities, from innovation and start-ups, e-commerce, logistics and manufacturing businesses, to various kinds of tourism, hospitality, and leisure services.

Free trade

Latvia’s external trade and customs policy has 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. Furthermore, Latvia has also become a full-fledged OECD member.

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 business knowledge and cultural norms that allow partnerships with Western European countries. LIAA provides a host of services for assisting locally-registered companies entering new markets.

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