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BSEC welcomes North Macedonia as 13th member
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BSEC welcomes North Macedonia as 13th member

18 Nov 2020 · Prosperity

The Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) has welcomed its 13th member, the Republic of North Macedonia, in a move towards greater regional cooperation. 

Extending BSEC’s territory in southern Europe will breathe new life into its multilateral cooperation initiatives. Since its establishment in 1992, BSEC and its member states have been taking steps to facilitate trade and improve transport links. 

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Facilitation of the Road Transport of Goods in the BSEC Region is further evidence of the efforts made by these countries to drive trade. The MoU aims to open the road goods transport market through the BSEC permit system, with simplified customs and border crossing procedures. 

IRU will support its member in North Macedonia, AMERIT, in urging its government to sign the MoU and join the BSEC permit system to facilitate trade and transit by road.

“With the ratification of the BSEC Charter, North Macedonia strengthens its position as a strategic transit country and a key member of a strong network. The COVID-19 pandemic is substantially impacting the road transport industry and we need to maintain unity in these challenging times.”

Lefter Andonov
AMERIT Secretary General

BSEC and IRU have worked closely for many years to advance road transport and trade. This collaboration led to the establishment of BSEC-URTA in 2001, bringing together international road transport associations which are IRU members in BSEC countries.