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31 December 2019, 17:28

Belarusian truckers get more permits for trips to Poland

MINSK, 31 December (BelTA) – After representatives of the Transport and Communications Ministry met with representatives of Belarusian international forwarding agencies in Minsk and the other oblast capitals last week the ministry has redistributed trucking permits for transportation to Poland, the press service of the Belarusian Transport and Communications Ministry told BelTA.

As a non-recurrent move the ministry has decided to issue bilateral/transit permits Poland has made available for transportation in 2020. The number of permits an individual trucking company receives is equal to 50% of the company's trucks used for international freight transportation as of 30 September 2019. Having less than 0.5 next-year permits per truck is another requirement.

The Transport and Communications Ministry intends to get in touch with government agencies concerned to step up oversight over how Belarusian truckers use the permits. Apart from that, proposals will be prepared to amend and expand the guidelines on distributing and using permits for international transportation by road.

BelTA reported earlier that 1,865 Belarusian trucking companies have filed applications to get Q1 2020 permits from Poland but only 1,243 forwarding agencies have received the permits. It was noted that these companies accounted for 85.5% of all the money Belarus earned from international freight transportation by road in January-September 2019. As many as 622 trucking companies, which did not get the permits, accounted for only 3.7% of the total earnings.

Companies and self-employed businessmen with the number of trucks at 30 and fewer accounted for 96% of the trucking companies, which had received Polish permits before. The share of truckers with at most five trucks was 52%. The share of companies with more than 100 trucks was 1%.

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