Transport

Moldova is a landlocked country, with only 500 to 900 meter frontage on the Danube.  Moldova's well developed transport sector (albeit with institutional and physical deterioration problems) consists of 10 thousand km of roads, 1.3 thousand km of railroad (about 100 km electrified), and four airports, one of which is up to international standards and operates passenger flights.

If you wish to place orders in Moldova, know that:

  • Transportation of garments from Moldova is typically made by trucks
  • As a rule, the incoming trucks loaded with fabrics and accessories return back loaded with finished products
  • For small quantities Moldovan manufacturers can group small batches into one shipment to a single destination
  • Due to streamlined customs procedures and Moldova’s proximity to Europe the average delivery time to EU market is between 2-5 days
  • Some manufacturers have their own trucks and can ensure quick and fast road transportation

By River

Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP), Moldova’s only port accessible to sea-going vessels, is located on the River Danube, in the South of Moldova. GIFP serves as the only direct sea/river-borne transhipment and distribution point to and from Moldova.

By Road
The Pan European Corridor IX (Moscow-Kiev-Bucharest) crosses Moldova from East to West, traversing the capital city Chisinau. The country’s road system is well developed (albeit need for repair), with more than 9,500 km of roads. There are many small and medium transportation companies in Moldova that can deliver goods in any country.

By Train
Railway service is widely used for international shipments (especially for CIS countries). The State Enterprise “Calea Ferata” runs Moldova’s railroad. The railway network still needs considerable investment. The entire length of the Moldovan railway network is single track and not electrified. Average commercial speed for passenger trains is 35–40 km/h (22–25 mph) (including stops).
However, substantial investments have been made in building new railway lines since 2003, with the goal of connecting Chişinău to southern Moldova and eventually to the Giurgiuleşti terminal. Connections exist to Ukraine at Kuchurhan, Mohilyv-Podil’s’ky, Ocniţa. The track between Basarabeasca and Reni crosses the border back and forth. Note that the Kuchurhan crossing as well as the Tighina–Tiraspol–Kuchurhan segment are under the control of the Transnistrian separatist authorities, the circulation of trains on the route depending on the level of political tensions between the separatists and the Government of Moldova.
Between Moldova and Romania there is a break-of-gauge (Romania employing standard gauge). The most important crossing (including gauge changing equipment) is Ungheni-Iaşi, another two are Cantemir-Falciu and Giurgiuleşti-Galaţi. International passenger trains run to Bucharest, Kiev, Minsk, Saint Petersburg and Moscow.