Talks to Resume on Black Sea-Caspian Sea Transport Route

Talks to Resume on Black Sea-Caspian Sea Transport Route

Romania is preparing to initiate the negotiation of an agreement with the governments of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan for the establishment and operationalization of the Black Sea-Caspian Sea International Transport Route, the Romania’s postsen news website reported on Wednesday.

The Black Sea-Caspian Sea international transport route is a project launched by Romania and Turkmenistan in 2012, which aims to create an intermodal transport route (sea/river and road/rail) between Central and Northern Europe and the South Caucasus and Central Asia/Asia-Pacific region, using the geographical contiguity of Romania, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.

The international route envisages the utilization of the facilities offered by the ports Constanta, Poti, Batumi, Anaklia, Baku and Turkmenbashi, and of the potential given by the direct connection between Constanța Port and the Danube River.

Later, on March 4 2019, in Bucharest, the quadrilateral meeting of the ministers of foreign affairs of the Azerbaijan, Georgia, Romania and Turkmenistan took place, with the aim of consolidating and intensifying economic cooperation between these states.

The talks resulted on the signing of a Declaration (the Bucharest Declaration) as an expression of their joint commitment to the development of the cargo transport route between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea and the operationalization of the project as soon as possible.

In order to carry out transport without obstacles along the Black Sea-Caspian Sea international transport route, it is necessary to agree, in a quadrilateral format, some simplified procedures for granting visas, recognizing simplified customs declarations and other electronic accompanying documents, according to the report.

The delegation of the Romanian side to the negotiations will be formed by representatives of the countries ministries and agencies, and will be led at the level of State Secretary from the Ministry of Transport.

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