Deputy Minister Nikolay Shushkov was the district governor of Blagoevgrad. He was deputy mayor of Blagoevgrad municipality twice, and before that he had worked at the Customs Agency for many years. He was the head of the Customs Department of Thessaloniki Port Authority S.A. dry port Sofia - TPA Sofia EAD. He graduated at the Poltava University of Economics and Trade in Ukraine. He has extensive experience and professional skills gained from his work in the field of international transport and logistics.