RIGA - Considering the growing trade volumes between Latvia and Belarus, both countries will exchange 1,500 additional universal permits for truckers, the joint Latvia-Belarus commission decided.
Lilita Pelcere, a representative of the Latvian Road Transport Directorate (ATD), reported that Belarus made a request for increase of the permit quotas because cargo transportation from Belarus has been growing in the past years. In 2018, export from Latvia to Belarus increased by 6.7 percent, while import from Belarus to Latvia rose by 30.8 percent.
The commission also agreed on the initial permit quotas for 2020, providing that the total number of permits will reach 32,000.
Established in 1993, the Road Transport Directorate is a state-owned limited liability company, tasked with licensing commercial cargo transportation business which uses trucks and buses, issuing international licenses to road carriers, carrier database management and data analysis.