Koper, Slovenia - Ha Noi, Vietnam, November 14, 2023, VinFast and Luka Koper signed an agreement towards the establishment of Roll on-Roll off terminal services for VinFast electric vehicles on November 09, 2023 at Luka Koper’s Headquarter, Koper, Slovenia. The partnership will set the solid path forward for VinFast’s sustainable development strategy into the Southern European region.
Under the agreement, Luka Koper commits to providing stevedore and other terminal services related to VinFast’s electric vehicles and goods. This arrangement plays the role of a crucial gateway for VinFast’s smart, safe and eco-friendly electric vehicles to journey across the European countries.
Koper has great advantages for the Asian markets as it is the first landing point for cargo ships from Southeast Asia to Europe via the Suez Canal. The partnership with Luka Koper will enable VinFast to take advantage one of the shortest routes from Vietnam to Europe, thereby optimizing transportation time and costs
With reliable port services and an extensive network of maritime and rail connections services Luka Koper is the strategic partner for VinFast's logistics solutions to Southern European region. With the additional railway track, which should be completed in 2026, Luka Koper plans to double the railway throughput capacity.
Madame Thuy Le, Global CEO of VinFast Auto said: “We are excited to collaborate with Luka Koper to pave the way for VinFast's expansion in the European markets. Koper, one of the largest Mediterranean ports for containers and cars, is a vital gateway for VinFast electric vehicles to penetrate the European markets and captivate our customers. We believe that Luka Koper will provide a solid foundation for VinFast's sustainable supply and development strategy.”
Madame Nevenka Kržan, President of the Management Board of Luka Koper said:“We are proud to say that we were chosen as the main port for the import of VinFast electric vehicles. This collaboration confirms our commitment towards greener future. With an excellent geostrategic location, which offers substantial benefits from an environmental perspecitve, Port of Koper remains one of the most important european automotive ports.”
The partnership between VinFast and Luka Koper is in line with the strategic vision of strengthening ties of Slovenia's Port of Koper with major Vietnamese ports, creating a comprehensive maritime transportation system, unleashing potential for development cooperation of the two countries.
VinFast is a global electric vehicle manufacturer and is rapidly expanding its presence across the globe. After listing on the NASDAQ, the company has announced its expansion into India and Indonesia. As part of its commitment to creating a sustainable future for all, VinFast has partnered with Luka Koper to develop robust logistics solutions. This move highlights VinFast's dedication towards accompanying Europeans in their transition to environmentally friendly mobility.
VinFast - a member of Vingroup – envisioned to drive the movement of global smart electric vehicle revolution. Established in 2017, VinFast owns a state-of-the-art automotive manufacturing complex with globally leading scalability that boasts up to 90% automation in Hai Phong, Vietnam.
Strongly committed to the mission for a sustainable future for everyone, VinFast constantly innovates to bring high-quality products, advanced smart services, seamless customer experiences, and pricing strategy for all to inspire global customers to jointly create a future of smart mobility and a sustainable planet. Learn more at: https://vinfastauto.eu.
About Luka Koper
Luka Koper is a company which develops and manages the Port of Koper, the only Slovenian seaport that is that is also part of EU TEN-T network on so called Mediterranean and Baltic Adriatic corridor. The company operates all 12 specialized terminals in the multipurpose port, handling all types of cargo: containers, cars and Ro-Ro, various general cargo products, project cargo, dry bulk, liquid bulk and passengers. The total throughput of the port in 2022 was 23,2 million tons, including more than 1 million TEUs and 800.000 units of new car, making Koper the largest container terminal in Adriatic and one of the most important car terminals in Europe.
The Port of Koper has a strategic geographic position in the North Adriatic region and therefore important opportunities for servicing its Central European markets. It represents the shortest link from the Far East via Suez to Europe with a distance that is about 2,000 nautical miles shorter compared to other North-European ports and consequently enabling around 5 days shorter transit time. The consequent advantage is the optimization of the whole supply chain, making it more efficient and leaner, with substantial cost and time savings for the customer as well as CO2 savings for environment.