Ukraine and the EU have extended the "transport visa-free" for one more year

The agreement on the liberalization of automobile cargo transportation has been extended until June 30, 2024. The document, which was signed in June 2022, canceled the need for Ukrainian carriers to obtain appropriate permits for bilateral and transit transportation to EU states.

The corresponding agreement was reached during the first meeting of the Joint Committee of the Agreement on Cargo Transportation by Automobile Transport.

"During the first year, the agreement proved its practical effectiveness. During the period of its validity, the volumes of two-way and transit automobile cargo  transportation increased by more than 50%.

And this is not all. Together with European partners, we are now developing the necessary logistics infrastructure at the border. In particular, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, 2 new checkpoints have been opened on the border with Romania, as well as a control point on the temporary infrastructure for the passage of empty cargo vehicles on the border with Poland. Besides, the productive capacity of the Krakivets - Korchova point was extended and the functioning of the Yahodyn - Dorogusk point on the border with Poland was established.

Such projects help not only support the Ukrainian economy and to find logistical solutions for exporters. The effective implementation of the "transport visa-free" brings us closer to our main foreign policy goal -  being EU member," said Oleksandr Kubrakov, Deputy Prime Minister for the Reconstruction of Ukraine - Minister of Community Development, Territories and Infrastructure.

After the signing of the Agreement in June 2022, the number of carriers crossing the border to the EU increased by 53% compared to the same period in 2021, and the number of crossings increased by 43%.

The agreement also simplifies the procedure for recognizing driver's licenses. Ukraine and the EU exempted holders of driver's licenses issued by one of the parties from the requirement to have an international driver's license.

We would like to remind you that the Agreement on automobile cargo transportation was signed on June 29, 2022. It made possible to avoid slowing down the export of Ukrainian products through automobile checkpoints.

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