Hapag-Lloyd today opened two new offices in Bulgaria, with dedicated teams ready to serve its customers in the port city of Varna and the Bulgarian capital 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 GDP growth expected to remain strong 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. Hapag-Lloyd operates with three weekly calls, connecting the Bulgarian ports of Burgas and Varna to key locations in the Middle East, the USA, intra-Europe, and Asia. Additionally, from Bulgaria, Central and Eastern European countries are covered through the pan-European Rhine-Danube corridor, utilizing 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”.