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Belarus offers Kazakhstan, Russia to cancel permits on road transportation to third countries

MINSK, 27 June (BelTA) - Belarus has sent Kazakhstan and Russia the draft agreement on permit-free system of international road transport to third countries, Minister of Transport and Communications of Belarus Ivan Shcherbo told reporters.

“The draft has been prepared by the Belarusian side. We have sent it to our Russian and Kazakh colleagues,” said Ivan Shcherbo. He explained that, in particular, there is no definite answer on the part of Kazakhstan.

“We want to cancel permits for all means of transport. The categories are many. We are most interested in, of course, transportation to third countries,” the minister said.

Ivan Shcherbo noted that last year Belarus received additional permits: "Instead of 50,000, we have 75,000 of such permits. It is a lot? It is sufficient because this market works better today.” He also explained that Belarus has permits from all countries. But at the same time permits on the following routes remain in short supply: Russia - third countries, Kazakhstan - third countries and Uzbekistan - third countries.

The minister added that forwarders can use the permits of other countries: “It is possible to find a niche there. The course of events has already proved it. Those forwarders who started working with Turkey, they do business, receive good salaries and even find money to buy new vehicles. Euro-5 is no longer enough. Many of them use Euro-6 today.”

The minister said that in 2010-2011 Belarusian forwarders acquired 2,000 vehicles. Belarus has been recently registering an annual 25-30% increase in highway transportation operations.