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01 October 2019, 13:00

Belarus to triple transit cargo transportation by 2025

MINSK, 1 October (BelTA) – By the year of 2025, Belarus plans to triple the volume of cargo transportation in transit to 1 million cargo containers per year, Transport and Communications Minister Aleksei Avramenko said at the Transit Potential of the European Continent international forum in Yerevan, BelTA has learned.

Aleksei Avramenko noted that the favorable geographical location of Belarus on the routes between Europe and Asia and between Scandinavia and the Balkans contributes to the development of transportation networks. The recent years have seen the renovation of the 9th International Transport Corridor in the direction of Russia and Ukraine and the road toward Poland.

“Cargo from Asia to Europe and from Scandinavia to the Balkans is shipped in transit through Belarus by special express trains. By the year of 2025, we plan to increase the volume of cargo transportation three times and reach the level of 1 million cargo containers per year,” the minister said.

Aleksei Avramenko believes that the transit potential of the European continent can be used more effectively by removing the barriers to commodity flows, improving infrastructure and implementing innovative approaches based on the digitization of transport systems.

The carriers registered in one of the EAEU states do not need a permit for international shipping by road. However, they need a permit to transport goods to third countries.

As to air freight, there also should be equal tariffs on air navigation and airport services.

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