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EEC proposed to speed up implementing Program for liberalizing cabotage road cargo transportation in EAEU

EEC proposed to speed up implementing Program for liberalizing cabotage road cargo transportation in EAEU

3/4/2020

            The Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission has considered implementing the Program for liberalizing cabotage road cargo transportation in the Eurasian Economic Union countries.

            It was noted at the meeting that not all EAEU States had carried out measures required for implementing the program in due time. For example, Belarus has already started implementing the third stage of the Program: in January this year, several cabotage transportations were carried out in its territory. Armenia and Kyrgyzstan have declared their readiness to launch the third stage. Russia has made no amendments to the legislation that allows carriers of other Union countries to perform cabotage transportation within its territory.

            The Program’s key objective is to limit empty runs and reduce transport costs for consumers of road freight transport services. Initially, the Program for liberalizing cabotage transportation was agreed between Belarus, Russia and Armenia, then Kyrgyzstan joined it. Kazakhstan will participate in the Program since 2025. The Program was approved by the Presidents of the EAEU countries in May 2015. It is designed for the period from 2016 to 2025 and consists of several stages.

            The issue of implementing the Program was repeatedly discussed at the Advisory Committees on Transport and Infrastructure of the Commission and the Council of Heads of authorized authorities in the sphere of transport of the Union States, at the meetings of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council and the Heads of the Union States, which resulted in the need to accelerate the adoption of measures in the Union countries required to start implementing the Program.

            The issue is scheduled for consideration at the EEC Council and at the Summit of Heads of the EAEU participating countries.​