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On April 28, 2023 in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), TRACECA Secretary General, Mr. Asset Assavbayev participated in discussions within the Round Table “Uzbekistan trade relations: alternative corridors” via videoconferencing


As part of the discussions, exporters, shippers, freight forwarders, carriers, logistics companies, industry associations, manufacturers, railway administrations, representatives of ports from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, as well as representatives of TRACECA, TITR and the private sector exchanged views and experiences on the topical issue of international transport in the region.

The tariffs on routes, route options and existing alternatives, transit conditions, port services, ordering procedures for shipping, as well as trade flows and current TITR transport facilitation initiatives are the main issues on the Round Table Agenda.

During his speech, the TRACECA Secretary General, Mr. Assavbayev A.A. informed the participants about the aspects of the multimodal transport development of the TRACECA countries united by the Caspian and Black Seas, and ensuring the connectivity of the transport infrastructure of the regions.

In particular, it was noted that in order to harmoniously develop all modes of transport and increase interoperability, in 2022 the Permanent Secretariat prepared 2 reviews: "Multimodal Transport Legal Framework" to analyze the implementation of the norms of the Agreement on the Development of Multimodal Transport of 2009 and "Review of the measures taken to promote multimodal transport between Asia and Europe”.

In addition, proposals to increase the competitiveness of multimodal transport, as well as initiatives aimed at introducing digital solutions in transport, namely, use of the common CIM/SMGS consignment note, Agreement on a Single Transit Permit, introduction of the TRACECA Multilateral Permits System, etc. were presented to participants of the meeting.

“By joint efforts, it is possible to make a significant contribution to the creation of more favorable conditions for transportation in the region in order to increase the international trade volume, where the transport component in the cost of goods and their delivery time will be an important factor,” – Mr. A. Assavbayev emphasized.

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In the TRACECA countries, sufficient attention has been paid to multimodal transport, but further harmonization at the multilateral level is required.

As part of the review, the norms of the current legislation of the countries, namely sectoral laws on modes of transport and rules adopted at the national level were considered. At the same time, only in Ukraine a Law on multimodal transport has been adopted, while in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan these norms are provided for in the Law on transport and other legal acts.

6 countries out of 13 are participants of the Agreement on the Development of Multimodal Transport TRACECA. At the same time, in accordance with paragraph 1 of Article 2 of the Agreement, the countries agreed to endeavor to harmonize their legislation in accordance with the content of this document.


Permanent Secretaritat of the IGC TRACECA