The Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure of the Republic of Moldova has repeatedly asked Russia for an additional quota of 7 thousand permits for Moldovan road carriers for 2019. As pointed out by experts of the Ministry of Economy, this is necessary, because all 15,000 permits allocated for the current year were used by mid-summer. In 2018, Russia granted Moldova 18 thousand permits for heavy vehicles. Most of the permits are used for the carrying of Moldovan fruits, berries and other agro-food products to the Russian market.
In August, representatives of Moscow and Chisinau attended a meeting of the Moldovan-Russian commission in the field of international road transport. During this meeting, the Russian side agreed to provide an additional 1.25 thousand permits. At the same time, representatives of the government delegation of the Russian Federation pointed to a disproportion: more than 80% of the volume of bilateral transport is accounted for by Moldovan carriers, while the share of Russian carriers only slightly exceeds 9%.
According to the Ministry of Economy, in September, 279 Moldovan operators received and used about 1.2 thousand permits. By mid-October, only about 380 permits were granted to Moldovan carriers.
The issue is that shortage of authorized refrigerated trucks is hindering the export of Moldovan apples to the Russian Federation. This is why traders believe that the quotas for vehicles granted in 2020 will become an important factor when it comes to increasing the supply of fruits from Moldova to Russia early next year.