ArmInfo.Head of the Standing Committee of the Armenian Parliament on Regional and European Integration, member of the "My Step" faction Armen Pambukhchyan said that the "Upper Lars" checkpoint is one of the main problems for the country's cargo carriers.
The MP at a press conference on May 14 noted that, despite the fact that sometimes the work of the checkpoint is given a political color, however, problems arise only for technical reasons - the level of terrain, weather conditions, geographical location. The MP stressed that this problem does not allow Armenia to fully use its economic potential after joining the EEU. Pambukhchyan stressed that Upper Lars is overloaded and unable to fully cope with its task.
"In my opinion, the most appropriate alternative to Upper Lars is the carriage of goods by sea. Moreover, in this way we can ensure predictability of delivery times for goods. International maritime legislation allows landlocked countries to have a port in a neighboring country " the MP said. Pambukhchyan stressed that in Armenia there is a need to implement the relevant legislation.
He also noted that Moldova and Mongolia have similar experience. "These countries do not have access to the sea, however, attracting businessmen from other countries to carry out transportation under their flag. Businessmen from Ukraine are ready to cooperate with Armenian companies, moreover, there are proposals from Armenian entrepreneurs from Lebanon, they offered us to establish a port there, from there, the Armenian ferry can transport goods to Poti and then to Novorossiysk, "the MP explained, noting that one of the main advantages of the country is its membership in the EEU.
Pambukhchyan noted that another way to solve the problem of the efficiency of cargo transportation could be the provision according to which carriers from EEAC countries could work freely within the Union without a license.