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Gov't Weighs Measures to Boost Logistics Sector Competitiveness

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The government will discuss a package of measures that aims to improve the competitiveness of the logistics sector, state secretary Gergely Fábián said after a meeting with industry associations on Friday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

In a joint statement issued by the Economic Development Ministry, the Hungarian Road Transport Association (MKFE), and the Association of Hungarian Logistics Service Centers (MLSZKSZ), Fábián said the package of measures, to be weighed "in the coming weeks", would take into "close consideration" the recommendations of industry insiders.

MKFE chairman Zsolt Barna welcomed the government's recent decision to raise the tax-free per diem threshold for haulers from HUF 3,000 to HUF 9,000 for domestic routes and from EUR 60 to EUR 85 for foreign routes and said the measure had "contributed immediately" to improving conditions for haulers and passenger bus companies.

MLSZKSZ head Zsolt Fülöp also acknowledged the positive impact of the measure and said another government decision to require designation for intermodal, regional, or local logistics parks would have a "significant effect" on regional development while presenting an "excellent opportunity" to support economic development goals.

The logistics sector accounts for 5% of GDP at present, but the government aims to double that ratio by 2030.

Over 280,000 Hungarians are employed in the logistics sector.

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