Memorandum of Understanding on Transit and Inter-State Transport of Goods
BIMP-EAGA transport ministers signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to ensure the seamless cross-border movement of goods and cargo within the subregion on 25 June 2009 in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
The MOU was signed by Pehin Dato Abu Bakar Apong, Minister of Communications, Brunei Darussalam; Jusman Syafii Djamal, Minister for Transportation, Indonesia; Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri, Deputy Minister of Transport, Malaysia; and Anneli R. Lontoc, Undersecretary, Department of Transportation and Communications, Philippines.
Under the MOU, transport operators established in one BIMP-EAGA member country may undertake the following:
• transport goods that involves passing through one or more member countries before arriving in the country of destination of the goods;
• transport goods into and/or from the territories of other BIMP-EAGA member countries; and
• load and unload third-country goods destined for or coming from BIMP-EAGA countries.
The ministers envisioned the deal would support BIMP-EAGA's goal of increasing intra-EAGA trade and accelerating subregional production networks and value chains.