10:48 24.03.2017

Ukraine ready to cooperate with Finland in development of multimodal transportation

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Ukraine ready to cooperate with Finland in development of multimodal transportation

Ukraine as a transit state is interested in development of business of leading foreign companies on the Ukrainian market and focuses on development of multimodal transportation. The country is ready to cooperate in the area with Finland.

The press service of Ukraine's Infrastructure Ministry reported that Deputy Minister Yuriy Lavreniuk gave the information at a meeting with a Finnish delegated headed by Finnish Ambassador to Ukraine Juha Virtanen and President of Containerships Plc Kari-Pekka Laaksonen with participation of representatives of Ukrzaliznytsia.

The sides discussed the problems of export-import transportation between Ukraine and Finland and further cooperation of Ukraine with Containerships Plc, a leading Finnish container line, which is actively working to develop freight transportation by rail in own containers between Ukrainian and Baltic ports using Viking and Zubr container trains.

"Today the quota principle for freight transportation by road is in effect between Ukraine and Finland. In 2017, the quota for freight transportation by road from/to third countries is 600 permits. The last meeting of the mixed commission for transportation by road of the two countries was held in October 2013. Today we have a shortage of permits for freight transportation by road from/to third countries," Lavreniuk said.

As of March 2017, 243 permits were used. This means that the quota for permits from Finland for freight transportation by road should be increased.

Virtanen expressed readiness to help to solve the issue of increasing the quota in the near term.

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