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Access to markets

Access to markets

Bulgaria’s strategic geographic location serves as a bridge between the EU and the rapidly growing markets of Russia, Turkey, the Middle East and CIS countries, placing the country in the centre of transit between these regions. Furthermore, five pan-European corridors pass through Bulgaria’s territory, including corridor № VII (the Danube river, connecting Bulgarian ports with the North Sea entirely by water) and TRACECA (TRAnsport Corridor Europe – Caucasus – Asia, connecting the country to Central Asia).
The agenda of the government to emphasize on the modernization of infrastructure in the coming years is set to reduce significantly the required time for transportation of cargo, placing the country in a pole position for attracting new investors interested in expanding their businesses in these geographies.




Bulgaria’s strategic geographic location serves as a bridge between the EU and the rapidly growing markets of Russia, Turkey, the Middle East and CIS countries, placing the country in the centre of transit between these regions. Five pan-European corridors pass through Bulgaria’s territory, including corridor № VII (the Danube river, connecting Bulgarian ports with the North Sea entirely by water) and TRACECA (TRAnsport Corridor Europe – Caucasus – Asia, connecting the country to Central Asia).
The agenda of the government to emphasize on the modernization of infrastructure in the coming years is set to reduce significantly the required time for transportation of cargo, placing the country in a pole position for attracting new investors interested in expanding their businesses in these geographies.


Strategic geographic location

Located at the heart of the Balkans Bulgaria serves as a link to the following markets:

  • South-East Europe – Bulgaria is at the center of a 122 million inhabitant, high growth market
  • EU – Bulgaria is one of the lowest cost locations within the EU – representing a zero tariff access to a €800 mm market
  • CIS, Middle East and African markets






Five Pan-European corridors pass through Bulgaria’s territory : Transport Corridor IV, Transport Corridor VII, Transport Corridor VIII, Transport Corridor IX, Transport Corridor X, all five of them crossing Bulgaria’s second biggest city Plovdiv. TRACEKA links Bulgaria with Central Asia through port Varna.


Proximity to markets

Due to its comprehensive infrastructure and strategic location Bulgaria is a competitive destination in serving global markets in terms of time and costs (Table 2). Furthermore progressing projects in improving existing infrastructure are to reduce required time for transportation of goods.