18 Aug 2023 18:44

Belarus and Russia intend to phase out third-country permits for road transport by 2030

MINSK. Aug 18 (Interfax) - The Ministries of Transport of Belarus and Russia signed an agreement on international road transport, the press service of the Belarusian department said.

"The implementation of the signed agreement will allow [the Belarusian side] to conduct cabotage road transport of goods across the territory of Russia, subject to the conditions specified by the agreement, as well as by January 1, 2030, to gradually switch to a full permit-free system for the international road transport of goods," the report says.

The press service of the Russian Ministry of Transport specified that, in accordance with the agreement, Russia and Belarus agreed on the phased abolition of permits for road transport to third countries. Currently, transportation between the two states is conducted without permits, except for the transportation of goods to and from third countries. The cancellation will be phased in starting on January 1, 2024 and ending on January 1, 2030.

"In practical terms, the document will also allow for the regulation of cabotage transportation and simplify access for Russian and Belarusian carriers to the markets of third countries," the press service said.