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Japan, S Korea to allow cross border entry of trucks

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 17:27

Tokyo: Japan and South Korea plan to allow each other`s trailer trucks to go on to public roads in the countries and establish an efficient distribution network, government and industry sources said Tuesday.

The two countries will shortly conduct a demonstration test of running trailer trucks on each others` roads, the sources said, adding that they aim to strengthen economic ties through such cooperation.

The East Asian neighbors are expected to reach an agreement during a meeting between ministers in charge of cargo distribution from Japan, South Korea and China, to be held in the South Korean port city of Busan in mid-July.

Major Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. Will participate in the demonstration experiment, the sources said.

In the test, Japan and South Korea plan to use trailer trucks to carry goods between Nissan`s Kyushu plant in Fukuoka Prefecture and South Korean auto parts makers` plants.

Officials involved in the project hope that this type of new distribution network will include China in the future and help create an East Asian economic zone, the sources said.

Currently, trailer trucks of Japan and South Korea cannot run on each other`s roads. Only passenger cars are allowed to do so.


First Published: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 17:23

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