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MOSCOW, February 18. /TAS/. Poland plans to reach an agreement with Russia on truck haulage and does not expect anything different, the press secretary of the International Road Transport Union (IRU) in Poland Anna Wrona told Rossiya 24 TV channel on Thursday.
"It is hard to make any forecasts on the outcome of the talks. We do to not even consider the scenario of Poland not reaching an agreement with Russia. Mutual trade should continue, and truck haulage should go on as well," Wrona said.
She noted that truck haulage was in high demand before suspension. "It is hard to estimate the consequences of trade exchange but they will certainly be very painful," she added.
On February 1 truck haulage licenses between Russia and Poland expired. The sides did not reach an agreement on extending licenses for one more year, and truck haulage between the two countries was suspended from the start of February. Negotiations on this matter continued for three days in Warsaw but the sides could not reach an agreement. The new round of talks will take place in Russia on February 19.
Poland is discontent with the adoption of legislative and regulatory acts in Russia that bring more order into the international haulage operations on the Russian territory, including the truckage of cargoes for third countries.
Russian officials say the revised legislation has eliminated the shortcomings in the regulatory acts that enabled unscrupulous foreign haulage companies to bring in cargoes from third countries under the cover of a privileged regime for bilateral truckage.
According to IRU in Poland, around 600 trucks entered Russia daily from the Polish territory before license expiration.