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Ploče (Italian: Porto Tòlero) is a town and a notable seaport in the Dubrovnik-Neretva countymarker of Croatiamarker, population 6,537 (2001), total municipality population 10,834 (2001). A very high proportion of its citizens are Croats at 95.12% (2001 census).

Ploče is located on the Adriaticmarker coast in Dalmatia just north of the Neretvamarker river delta and is as such the natural seaside endpoint of most north-south routes through the central Dinaric Alps. This makes it the primary seaport used by Bosnia and Herzegovinamarker and the endpoint of the Pan-European corridor 5C.

Ploče harbour was first mentioned on 6 November 1387, but the building of a larger port was done in recent modern times. Work on the present day harbour first began in 1939 but was destroyed during World War II. It was rebuilt in 1945 and the village of Ploče grew up to 480 inhabitants in 1948. After the Adriatic road and Neretva railway lines were built to the port in the mid-1960s, the town experienced a steady growth.

Ploče was named Kardeljevo after the Yugoslavmarker politician Edvard Kardelj between 1950 and 1954 and again between 1980 and 1990.

Bosnia and Croatia are currently in negotiations as regards the establishment of a "privileged economic zone" for Bosnian businesses within the Ploče port facilities, though this development is hindered by the opposition of local government, and Croatian people to the concept of a partial loss of sovereignty over the port. The Bosnian government would like a concession, with sovereignty features, for at least 99 years, whereas the Croatian government only wishes to offer commercial passage through Croatian territory for Bosnian and Herzegovinian goods. This topic was a subject of lengthy negotiations; easier passage for Croatian citizens through the narrow strip of Bosnia and Herzegovina territory (that divides Croatia's land territory) near Neummarker, in exchange for privileges for Bosnia and Herzegovina in Ploče. The proposed building of a bridge through Croatian territory (the Pelješac bridgemarker), bypassing Neum and Bosnian territory completely may solve this problem, although this proposal is currently being strongly resisted by the Bosnian government.

The locals call their city Ploča.

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