MOSCOW, February 19 – RIA Novosti. Russia and Belarus signed an intergovernmental agreement on the transshipment of Belarusian oil products for export through the seaports of the Russian Federation, the RIA Novosti correspondent reports from the signing ceremony.
The document was signed on Friday in Moscow by the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Vitaly Savelyev and the Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Belarus Alexei Avramenko. The Russian government at the end of January approved the draft of this agreement, the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko – on February 16. The document provides for the possibility of transshipment by Belarusian enterprises of 9.8 million tons of oil products in the seaports of the Russian Federation in the Baltic in 2021-2023, including 3.5 million in 2021, 3.2 million in 2022 and 3.1 million tons in 2023 year. These are cargoes such as fuel oil, gasoline and oil. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia
“The agreement is being signed for three years, but it is practically unlimited, because it provides for an automatic prolongation. Russian ports are now ready to handle the transshipment of Belarusian oil products in the amount of 9.8 million tons. By our agreement, we have determined 3.5 million tons for the current year. of them, given that the year has already started, we are ready to transport about 2 million tons together with our Belarusian partners, “Saveliev said.
The agreement provides for the conclusion of contracts on the take or pay principle – if the shipper provides transshipment in a volume less than the agreed one, the sea terminal in any case receives payment for the entire agreed volume. These minimum guaranteed volumes, according to the document, are agreed by the parties for the next year no later than November of the previous year. A volume of 2 million tons has been agreed for 2021.
According to Avramenko, it is already planned to conclude contracts with Belarusian exporters. “I am glad that we managed to reach an agreement, respectively, it is planned to sign the relevant commercial contracts. First of all, these are our exporters who export oil products. The agreement will give a significant impetus and give additional opportunities to open an alternative route for the delivery of oil products,” Avramenko said, adding that we are talking about the “Belarusian Oil Company”, “New Oil Company”, “Mozyr Oil Refinery” and the “Naftan” enterprise.
The parties also signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the field of transport security. It will make it possible to form a unified mechanism of interaction between states, ensuring the timely detection, prevention and suppression of acts of unlawful interference in the activities of the transport complex during the transportation of passengers and goods in international traffic, as well as coastal road transport of goods.