This agreement was approved on 12 November 2014 by the Council of the Confederation of European Maritime Technology Companies on behalf of the member companies. The agreement is valid for a period of five years. Both agreements provide for the application of the acquis on road transport in the countries concerned. Recently, UNSCAP (one of the United Nations regional economic commissions) developed a model agreement on multilateral authorizations for international road transport in Asia and the Pacific. Like the ECMT, this agreement aims to facilitate road traffic in Asia-Pacific by exchanging road permits between the national governments participating in the system, which retain full control over the granting of permits to domestic and foreign carriers, retain the right to regularly monitor the use of permits and apply specific disciplinary measures against non-compliant operators. For example, the ECMT (European Conference of Ministers of Transport/ European Conference of Ministers of Transport) system allows road hauliers to carry out an unlimited number of multilateral freight operations in 43 European Member States (including many Countries in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe) participating in the system. The multilateral quota system is managed by the Road Group (KRG) of the International Transport Forum (ITF), which awards licences to the 43 member countries of the system, while the granting of authorisations is the responsibility of the national ministries of transport or trade (the cemt authorisation template with the guidelines for its use is available at this link). These authorisations are generally valid for one calendar year (a short-term authorisation of 30 days is also foreseen) and their use is subject to strict rules, including the category of vehicles (categories euro vehicles according to emission standards). Another example of a multilateral agreement on international road transport is the Greater Mekong Region (GMS) Convention adopted by Lao, Thailand and Vietnam (1999) and subsequently ratified by Cambodia (2000), China (2001) and Myanmar (2003), whose Protocol No. 3 (Article 1) provides that carriers of one Party have the right to carry out cross-border transport to other Contracting Parties. Only if they have a GMS road transport permit (Greater Mekong Sub-Region) whose validity is one year.. .

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