Latvia and Russia agree on exchange of additional 3,000 universal permits for cargoes
Latvia and Russia will exchange 7,000 universal permits for international cargo transports in 2017. This will be the largest universal permit volume in the past 15 years, as reported by Road Directorate.
On 14 August 2017, Latvia and Russian Inter-Governmental Transport Work Group reached an agreement on exchange of additional 3,000 universal permits. It is planned that Latvian cargo carriers will start receiving them form September onward. Representatives of the Road Directorate mention that there will be 7,000 universal permits and 100,000 permits for mutual and transit cargo transports available this year. Demand for Russian permits has grown 7% in the first half of 2017 in comparison with the same period of last year. Russian carriers have used Latvian permits 16% more often.
Last year, Latvia and Russia exchanged 4,000 universal permits and 100,000 permits for mutual and transit transports. In 2015, the two countries exchanged 2,500 universal and 95,000 permits for mutual and transit transports.