Greater Mekong Subregion Cross-Border Transport Agreement

The agreement encourages the elimination of stopovers or transshipments as well as the reduction of the time spent crossing borders (link with the main agreement of the CBTA). The increase in the number of border inspection posts implemented by the CBTA will help maximize the efficiency of MSG transportation systems. CBTA complements the existing physical infrastructure of the GMS countries. The GMS road transport licence, which is a sub-regional traffic rights system, and the GMS Customs Transit and Temporary Admission System (CTS), a sub-regional system of customs guarantees, were tested in the East-West Economic Corridor (EEEC). If fully implemented, CBTA will improve the efficiency of transport services by facilitating international transport, complementing economic corridors and physical infrastructure and investment, and creating a more favourable environment for cross-border trade, investment and tourism. The six GMS countries have fully ratified the CBTA main agreement: the agreement on the facilitation of cross-border transport ends in the greater Mekong region (GMS CBTA) and the history of the project is a collection of agreements, accession instruments and agreements between the GMS countries and brings together in a publication all the documents constituting the CBTA instrument. It reflects previous political dialogues, including the outcome of negotiations between various government agencies in THE GMS countries since the inception of the CBTA. This publication aims to strengthen stakeholder understanding of the technical aspects of CBTA and to draw attention to critical issues in the area of transport and trade facilitation. The conditions of transport will be in accordance with the requirements of Schedule 10.

International traffic prices are not set and are determined by market forces. However, prices are subject to restrictions on cartels and abuse of dominance and oversight by the joint committee to avoid excessive or too low prices. The Cross-Border Transport Facilitation Agreement (CBTA) is a flagship initiative under the economic cooperation programme in the greater Mekong region for the facilitation of transport and trade. Transport companies are approved by their country of origin for international transport in accordance with the criteria set out in Schedule 9 of the CBTA. This licence cannot be sold or transferred by the transport operator to whom it was issued. Host countries recognize the operating licence issued by the countries of origin. Designed in three steps or components, the CBTA is flexible and adaptable to changing requirements. The first step is the most important agreement, which contains the basic principles of the system. Click here for CBTA. The CBTA is a comprehensive legal instrument that encompasses all non-physical measures relating to cross-border land transport.

The CBTA allows vehicles, drivers, goods and passengers to cross national borders via the GMS road transport system. At the sub-regional level, there will be a joint committee of the GMS agreement on facilitating cross-border traffic.