Georgia, Tbilisi, March 17 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
Georgian citizens will be exempt from transit charges through Turkey from May 1, Consular Department Director of the Georgian Foreign Ministry Giorgi Tabatadze said March 17.
According to Turkish Transport Minister's instructions, the payment for transit through the Turkish territory will remain for all vehicles with foreign or temporary licenses and with closed bodies, regardless of weight, which can transport cargo, including minibuses without windows and chairs, he said.
Tabatadze said that payment for the passage through border for vehicles with cargo is 1,200 euro and for empty vehicles is 600 euro. According to him, problems occurred for those Georgian citizens, who traveled to European countries and for transportation of goods in minibuses, with new-made transit numbers through Turkey. The Turkish side reasoned it with a significant increase in the number of minibuses converted for cargo transportation.
The Georgian side and Georgian citizens either were not informed in time about that. Turkey has taken into account the situation and as an exception exempted Georgian citizens transiting through Turkey from payments till May 1, 2010.
According to Turkish transport minister's instructions, from May 1, 2010, the ordinary rules will be applied towards Georgian citizens.
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