Ploče Port Geo-Traffic Position
The port of Ploče is located on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea at a location of 43° 03′ N and 17°26′ E, and due to its location it is of exceptional importance for the economy of neighboring state of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the state border of which is located only 25 km from the port of Ploče,as well as for partners from Serbia, Montenegro, Hungary and other Central European countries.
Historical development of the port of Ploče
Historical sources say that the idea of connecting Bosnia and Herzegovina with the sea originated as early as the middle of the 19th century. The beginning of the construction of railways in Bosnia and Herzegovina, however, began only during the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in 1878 to connect the interior with the then province of Dalmatia.
Free zone of the port of Ploče
Almost the entire port area is at the same time the area of the free zone of the port of Ploče after the Port of Ploče Authority was given the consent of the Government of the Republic of Croatia for the establishment of a free zone for a period of 30 years in 1999.
The port in Ploče is a universal purpose port which means that it serves for the transhipment of almost all types of cargo (except crude oil and chemicals) that appear in international maritime transport. Within the port itself there are areas specializing in the service of certain types of cargo.
Port of Metković Basin
With the decision to establish the Port of Ploče Authority from 13.02.1997, the Government of the Republic of Croatia established a port area managed by the Port of Ploče Authority, which consists of the port basins of Ploče and Metković. The Metković Basin covers the area that stretches from the right bank of the Neretva River from the bridge to the Jerkovac lighthouse,