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Freight transport restructuring in the Baltic States Ojala, Lauri ; Queiroz, Cesar

By: Ojala, LauriContributor(s): Queiroz, CesarPublication details: Transportation Research Record, 2003Description: nr 1820, s. 77-81Subject(s): USA | Freight transport | Estonia | Lithuania | Latvia | International | Trade | Logistics | Legislation | Customs | Delay | 12 | Prc | J05Bibl.nr: VTI P8169:2003 Ref ; VTI P8167Location: Abstract: A brief outline of the restructuring of the freight transport sector in the three Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) is provided that focuses on the provision of logistics and freight-forwarding services in international transport and trade. The three countries have made significant progress in all areas of the transport sector in the past 10 years. During this period the private sector has taken over a large part of the transport sector. Despite the very positive development, continued efforts are needed to improve the transport sector further. Issues pertaining to national legislation are recognized to be of high priority in all three countries, but cooperation in customs issues between countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States is problematic. Also delays in border crossings, especially to and from Russia and Belarus, appear to be a common and persistent problem in the Baltic States. The general transport-supporting services and the performance of customs have improved substantially during the past decade. Entry of foreign operators, especially in international road-based transport and logistics services, has restructured the logistics market profoundly. It can be argued that the efficiency of the industry and the overall quality of services have improved substantially.
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A brief outline of the restructuring of the freight transport sector in the three Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) is provided that focuses on the provision of logistics and freight-forwarding services in international transport and trade. The three countries have made significant progress in all areas of the transport sector in the past 10 years. During this period the private sector has taken over a large part of the transport sector. Despite the very positive development, continued efforts are needed to improve the transport sector further. Issues pertaining to national legislation are recognized to be of high priority in all three countries, but cooperation in customs issues between countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States is problematic. Also delays in border crossings, especially to and from Russia and Belarus, appear to be a common and persistent problem in the Baltic States. The general transport-supporting services and the performance of customs have improved substantially during the past decade. Entry of foreign operators, especially in international road-based transport and logistics services, has restructured the logistics market profoundly. It can be argued that the efficiency of the industry and the overall quality of services have improved substantially.

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