Ukraine and Moldova simplify international cargo transportation procedures

Ukraine and Moldova simplify international cargo transportation procedures

Starting from September 1, Ukrainian carriers will be able to travel to the Republic of Moldova under new simplified rules, as the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine reports.

After the signing of the ‘transport visa  free’ with the European Union countries, Moldova remained the only state bordering Ukraine with which the permit regime for Ukrainian carriers was not completely canceled. The signing of the bilateral protocol will remove the risk of Ukrainian export delays.

“The bilateral cancellation of permits for international cargo transportation, the opening of the Berezine – Basarabeasca railway section, which had not been in operation for more than 20 years, are excellent examples of cooperation in the transport sector, strengthening partnership between Ukraine and Moldova. Now our task is to make the most of new opportunities to boost the economies of our countries in the face of threats posed by russian military aggression and russian policy in general,” said Oleksandr Kubrakov, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine.
The permit regime will be preserved for non-regular passenger transportation (next year, the parties will exchange 2,200 permits) and for transportation to or from third countries (Ukraine will receive 10,000 permits for 2023).

On August 22, 2022, Ukraine and Moldova resumed operation in the Berezine – Basarabeaska railway section. The Ministry of Infrastructure reported that the restoration of traffic in the section took place within the framework of increasing traffic capacity on the western borders of Ukraine with the EU states and Moldova. In particular, with the aim of providing an alternative railway connection between Odesa and the Danube ports — Reni and Izmail, since the bridge across the Dniester estuary is constantly attacked by the russian occupiers.

The Berezine – Basarabeasca section is single-track, its length is 22 km, of which 21 km is on Ukrainian territory. There has been no traffic along the section since 1999. The expected volume of cargo transportation via this section is estimated at average level of 10 million tons per year.

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