The EU-Ukraine special agreement on the liberalization of road transport (the Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine on the Carriage of Freight by Road) has been extended until 30 June 2024. The relevant agreement was reached during the first meeting of the Joint Committee established by the Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine on the Carriage of Freight by Road.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Development of Communities, Territories, and Infrastructure announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.

The document, which was signed in June 2022, eliminates the need for Ukrainian carriers to obtain permits for transit and bilateral international carriage operations between the EU and Ukraine.

"The agreement proved its practical effectiveness during the first year. The volume of bilateral and transit road freight transport has increased by over 50% since it came into effect. Together with our European partners, we are currently developing the necessary logistics infrastructure at the border. Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, two new checkpoints on the border with Romania and a checkpoint on the temporary infrastructure for the passage of empty cargo vehicles on the border with Poland have been opened. In addition, we have increased the throughput capacity of the Krakovets - Korchova border crossing and streamlined the operation of the Yahodyn - Dorohusk crossing on the border with Poland. Such projects help not only to support the Ukrainian economy, but also to find logistical solutions for exporters. The effective implementation of the agreement brings us closer to our main foreign-policy goal of acquiring EU membership," said Deputy Prime Minister for the Reconstruction of Ukraine/Minister of Community Development, Territories, and Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov.

After the signing of the agreement in June 2022, the number of carriers crossing Ukraine’s border with the EU increased by 53% and the number of crossings increased by 43%, compared with the same period in 2021,

The agreement also simplifies the procedure for recognizing driver's licenses. Ukraine and the European Union now exempt holders of driver's licenses issued by one of the parties to it from the requirement to have an international driver's license.

eThe Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine on the Carriage of Freight by Road was signed on 29 June 2022. It ensures that the export of Ukrainian products is not slowed down at automobile checkpoints.