New round Russian-the Polish negotiations on road transport will be held in Warsaw

New round Russian-the Polish negotiations on road transport will be held in Warsaw


WARSAW, 1 February. /Corr. Irina Polina/. Representatives of the transport ministries of Russia and Poland will hold in the Polish capital next round of negotiations on the granting of permits for road transport between the two countries. The meeting at the expert level in the framework of the Mixed Commission on international road transportation will be held on Monday at the Ministry of infrastructure of Poland.

As reported by the Polish Agency, “the positive outcome of these negotiations will make possible a meeting between the Deputy Minister Jerzy Schmidt and Deputy Minister of transport of the Russian Federation Nikolay assaul”. “Tentatively it is scheduled for 2 February,” – said the press service of the Ministry.

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The Ministry of transport of the Russian Federation stated that the Russian side, “as the negotiations in Warsaw in December 2015 and Svetlogorsk in January 2016, will be guided by the urgency of determining the quota of permits for road to 2016”. The agreed-upon documents are valid only until 1 February – by this time the parties were to determine the number and parameters issued for new year resolutions but still could not reach a consensus.

In the transport Ministry noted that the Russian side has proposed to extend the validity of permits 2015 to 15 February 2016 to trucking did not stop. “Unfortunately, the Polish side rejected the proposal of the Russian side, agreeing only to provide up to 15 February 2016 the opportunity to the carriers of both countries, have entered the territory of Poland and Russia until January 31, 2016, to return to the country of registration of the carrier on the same permissions, regardless of the type of performed transportation (transit, bilateral or territory or the territory of third countries)”, – reported in the Ministry.

Thus, on the initiative of the Polish side, starting 1 February 2016, new traffic between the two countries, including transit, to be unable, added in the Ministry of transport.

As noted earlier, the head of the Association of international road carriers (ASMAP) Andrey Kurushin, annually conduct negotiations to identify and transfer an agreed number of permit forms for the carriage of goods by road. The agreement to be signed provides for the exchange of special permits that give the right to the carriage of goods from third countries or in third countries.

The essence of the dispute

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“The feature formed at the beginning of this year the situation is that the transport ministries of Russia and Poland could not agree on the number of permits to their carriers for 2016, said Kurushin. – Have held several rounds of talks, but the Polish delegation refused to give proposals to the Russian side by the number of permissions for sharing and behaves extremely unconstructive”. So, according to the head of ASMAP, the Polish side is dissatisfied with the adoption of the Russian Federation legislative and normative acts regulating monitoring of the implementation on the territory of the Russian international road haulage by foreign vehicles, including transport of goods from third countries.

According to the Russian side, the new law eliminated the existing deficiencies in the national regulatory framework, using which unscrupulous foreign carriers imported from third countries to Russia goods under cover of preferential bilateral mode of transportation.

The position of the Polish side

According to Poland, “Russia unilaterally by administrative decisions radically restricts access to its market for Polish transport and goods”. According to the Deputy Minister of infrastructure and construction of the Republic Jerzy Schmidt, motor transportation between Russia and Poland, including the transit to a third country is regulated by international agreement of 1996. The Polish side does not agree with the changes that Russia has made in this area in December last year, restricting the possibilities of transporting goods to third countries. “These unilateral decisions contrary to international law in the field of transportation and the Polish-Russian agreement of 1996. The Polish side not to go along with them,” said Schmidt. “This indicates the displacement of the other carriers, but primarily strikes by Polish companies,” he said.