MINSK, 4 April (BelTA) – Negotiations on an agreement on reduced tariffs on the transshipping of Belarusian cargoes are in the final phase. Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko made the relevant statement on the air of the TV channel Belarus One, BelTA has learned.
Asked whether Belarus intends to build a multimodal terminal of its own in Russia's Leningrad Oblast, Roman Golovchenko said: “We certainly will. But we need time. We've visited a port in St Petersburg and we were told that it had been built at an extremely fast pace and it had taken four years. We don't have that kind of time, this is why we are going to build it even faster and will achieve the result Belarus needs. We've been intending to do it for a long time. The situation has prompted us to move faster.”
Roman Golovchenko stressed that all the capabilities for transshipping Belarusian cargoes are available even now because there are plenty of terminals in St Petersburg, in Leningrad Oblast, and in areas towards the north, towards Murmansk. “We've made calculations and know how much freight we need to transport. Negotiations on signing the relevant agreement on reduced tariffs on transshipping Belarusian cargoes are in the final phase. The agreement is similar to the one on oil products,” he said.