Being the first regional country to agree with Russia regarding the permits for carriers, Lithuania proposes to increase the transit via Klaipėda

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2010 12 28

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Representatives of the Ministry of Transport and Communications had a meeting with representatives of Russian Transport companies and during the meeting proposed to increase the transit via Lithuania and Klaipėda Seaport.  
 
Due to the increase of freight flows Lithuanian Ministry of Transport and Communications will mediate with Russian carriers in negotiations with ferry companies for the opening of routes from/to Klaipėda Seaport and increase the amounts and sizes of ferries destined to Lithuania. 
 
“The Ministry of Transport and Communications also urges Russian carriers to use more actively logistics centres situated in Lithuania. These centres should enable reloading of goods transported from/to Russia”, said Rolandas Bražinskas, Counsellor to the Minister of Transport and Communications.  
 
For the year 2011 Lithuanian freight carriers have been provided with the initial quota of permits – 115 thousand general permits allowing freight transportation to Russia or by transit, and 2 thousand permits for transportation of goods between Russia and third countries. In comparison with the year 2010, the quota of the year 2011 is higher by 30 thousand general permits. 
 
This means that already from the beginning of 2011 Lithuanian carriers will be provided with such an amount of permits, which was awarded during the whole year 2010, including the additional quotas negotiated within the progress of the year 2010.
 
The quota of passenger carriers next year will reach the amount of 300 general permits and 100 permits for passenger transportation between Russia and third countries. In 2010 the initial quota was 200 general permits and only within the progress of the year it was managed to negotiate for another 100 general permits and 100 permits for passenger transportation between Russia and third countries.