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Transit traffic in Georgia called to a halt2009-07-30 15:37
Most part of container traffic to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Central Asia countries via Georgia, is paralyzed.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The cause is the new act of the service of income of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia. That act, turned valid on July 22nd , prohibits transportation of 40-feet containers, amounting over 4 meters of height after placing on trailers, without guard.
Georgia Tsipuria, the head of the haulers association, explained that such an escort from, e.g. Poti to Tbilisi will cost USD 600, whereas the haul itself - about USD 900. Most shipping companies protest against the new rules.
Tsipuria cannot rule out the companies will try to find alternative ways, like, e.g. via Iran, and it will produce negative effect of Georgia's transit function and competitiveness of the country in international hauling - NEWS.am.