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6. Logistics

The logistics sector in Bulgaria is defined as one of the economic sectors with the greatest potential due to the favourable geographical position of the country as well as the expected growth of the business of logistics companies in Central and Eastern Europe, with increasing demand for logistics space.


The legal framework concerning the logistics sector encompasses the Roads Act, the Road Traffic Act, the Road Transport Act, the Railway Transport Act etc. The strategy for sustained growth of the European Commission - "Europe 2020" also has an impact on the development of industrial areas and consequently the logistics in Bulgaria.


Five transportation corridors pass through the territory of Bulgaria designated by the Pan-European Conference of Transport Ministers in Crete in 1994 and Helsinki in 1997, namely the Pan-European Transport Corridors IV, VII, VIII, IX and X.


One of the priorities of the national transport policy is the development of intermodal transportation and related freight transport logistics. Intermodal terminals should be included in the European network of intermodal terminals and service transport corridors. Intermodal transport is emerging as a priority in the strategy for development of transport infrastructure by 2015, the Strategy for development of the transport system by 2020 and the General Master Plan of Transportation, financed under Operational Programme "Transport". The strategy for integration with the European railway infrastructure transport network pf 2006 sets as most suitable sites for development of intermodal terminals the cities of Sofia, Burgas, Varna, Ruse, Plovdiv, Dimitrovgrad, Gorna Oryahovitsa and Lom.

With regard to the carrying out of cargo and passenger transport activities special licensing regime has been introduced that requires the public transport of passengers and cargo to be carried out by carriers holding a valid license to for the purpose issued in Bulgaria or a license for international carriage of passengers or goods within the Community. In Bulgaria the license is issued by the Minister of Transport for a period of 5 years and may be renewed for the same period.



Carrying out of cargo and passenger transport activities

Legal framework

  • The Law on Motor Transport
  • Ordinance No. 33 of 03.11.1999 on the public transport of passengers and freights within the Republic of Bulgaria
  • Tariff No. 5 of the fees collected in the system of the Ministry of Transport

Competent authority

  • The Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications or persons authorised thereby at a proposal by the Vehicle Administration Agency

Procedures and required documents

  • Filing an application to the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications through the head of the respective district department of the State Automobile Inspectorate
  • Documents  identifying the person applying for a license and the vehicles (car registrations, driver record, lease agreement, documents evidencing the availability of a tachometer in good working order and of a speed limitation device in good working order).


  • Term for issuance of the license: 1 month from filing the application
  • License validity term: 5 years
  • Term for which the license may be extended: 5 years