The transport sector is an important economic sector in Belarus, contributing 6.7 percent of GDP in 2008 and 6.6 percent in 2009. Belarus has been a net exporter of practically all modes of transport services. The country serves as a transit transport corridor between the European Union (EU) and Russia and potentially between the EU and Asia; thus, the strategic geographical location of Belarus places the country on two of the Pan-European corridors that the EU has committed to promote.1 In addition to a high geographical concentration of international trade, the trade patterns for specific commodity groups are also concentrated in Belarus. A relatively small number of industrial producers and main export companies dominate the market and generate a corresponding transport demand.
The trade logistics environment in Belarus has been improving in many areas. The Doing Business Index of 2010 ranks Belarus as having the 58th most conducive environment to the operation of business.