Latvia: micro taxes lead to macro problems

The government, entrepreneurs and social partners continue sharp discussions of the future of micro-enterprises and the tax regime to be applied to them in the foreseeable future. One proposal suggests canceling the payment of mandatory minimal social fees and increasing micro-enterprise tax rate from 9% to 15%.This proposal was reviewed week by members of the…

Latvia: rail cargo transportation up

Continuing last year’s autumn trend, the volume of cargoes carried by Latvijas dzelzcels had increased in November. The volume of cargoes transported by rail reached 4.46 million tons, up by 7.6% YoY. Coal transports have increased significantly. 1.8 million tons of coal was transported in November. This exceeds the index of November 2015 by 28.7%.…

Latvia: investment inflow to be positive

In Q3, the current account formed a surplus of 1.5% of the country’s GDP, according to the data from the Bank of Latvia. This year’s general surplus is 1.1% of GDP. It is expected that investment inflow will remain positive. It will be slower than last year, predicts Swedbank economist Agnese Buceniece. Contribution to the…

Turkmenistan and Latvia to hold business talks in Riga

The next meeting of the Turkmenistan-Latvia intergovernmental commission on economic, industrial, scientific and technical cooperation will be held in Riga, the Turkmen government said in a message. During the meeting it is planned to discuss the opportunities of expanding the cooperation in transportation and communication sector, in the spheres of agriculture, construction, healthcare, as well…

Latvia: Stena Line opens Bordershop in Ventspils

Stena Line opens a new Bordershop in Ventspils. It is another step in Stena Line strategy to offer its customers value for money products. Bordershops, selling cheap alcohol products, is a very attractive concept for Swedish travelers and the aim is to increase the interest for them to visit Latvia. “Ventspils-Nynashamn is an important route…

Latvia: high-level officials meet to discuss Rail Baltica Intergovernmental Agreement

High-level officials from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on August 11, met in Riga to discuss the Intergovernmental Agreement between the states on Rail Baltica railway project implementation. According to Lithuania’s Ministry of Transport and Communications, it was the second round of consultations, after the first on held at the beginning of June. Representatives covered a…

Belarus: oil products export to Latvia up in H1 2016

Belarus’ proceeds from exports of petroleum products to Latvia grew by 55% YoY in January-June to $57 million, a source in the profile ministry reported.

Belarus exported 154,235 tons of petroleum products in January-June to Latvia, up by 85% YoY. (Prime-TASS/Business World Magazine)