In 2012, the ministry will be working to get the SES permit-based system for transportation of cargo to/from third countries canceled. “Belarus has already prepared a draft agreement on cargo transport services in the Single Economic Space that provides for the cancelation of all types of permits, including permits from/to third countries,” the minister said.
This document should consolidate the main principles and terms of cooperation in the field of transport, ensure national treatment for carriers and providers of related services, as well as freedom of movement on the territory of the SES, operation of trucking industry.
The Transport Ministry in cooperation with the BAMAP Association is conducting a consistent and coordinated policy aimed at further expansion of the export of transportation services. This year the ministry plans to hold 16 meetings of mixed commissions on international highroad services with the major partners: Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Lithuania, Latvia, Finland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Uzbekistan, Sweden, Macedonia, Romania. “The Transport Ministry counts on BAMAP’s professional support in the implementation of future projects. Our cooperation has already confirmed the validity of the chosen policy towards public-private collaboration,” Ivan Shcherbo said.
The growing export of transportation services testifies to the fact. In 2011 Belarusian international forwarders exported $940.2 million worth of services, up 38.2% from 2010. Belarus posted trade surplus of $586.8 million, or 148% on 2010.
In 2012 Belarusian forwarders plan to export services worth more than $1 billion.