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Previous routes for transit of goods between Croatia and BiH are not abolished

Text: Novinar Novinar, FENA Photo/Archive

MOSTAR, May 25 (FENA) - The Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Croatia has not abolished the existing routes for the transit of cargo vehicles between the Republic of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina with the new Ordinance on determining public roads for the transit of cargo vehicles through Croatia, the Croatian Ministry confirmed for FENA.
As they pointed out, the previous Decision on determining public roads for the transit of cargo vehicles through the Republic of Croatia, which was in force from 1 January 2009 until the entry into force of the new Ordinance, did not allow the transit of freight motor vehicles with a carrying capacity of more than 7.5 tons and a total length of up to 14 meters at the border crossings Ivanica-Gornji Brgat, Velika Kladuša-Maljevac, Strmica-Strmica, and Osoje-Vinjani Gornji.
At the Brčko-Gunja border crossing, freight traffic was interrupted more than two years ago at the initiative of Bosnia and Herzegovina due to the age and dilapidation of the bridge over the Sava River, the Croatian Ministry added.
BiH Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Staša Košarac previously stated, regarding the information that Croatia plans to re-categorize five border crossings with BiH, that this is unacceptable given the fact that it could cause a delay in the sale of goods produced in BiH and cause an increase in transport costs.
“The mentioned Ordinance is a unilateral act and it is not only in contradiction with the Agreement between BiH and Croatia on border crossings, but it is also in contradiction with the provisions of the Stabilization and Association Agreement between the EU and BiH," warned Košarac today in Sarajevo.
Košarac added that they had several talks with representatives of the business community today, as well as that they informed the EU Delegation about this issue because they believe that such a unilateral decision by the Croatian authorities should be changed.

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