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No customs inspections on Belarus-Russia border — Belarusian customs officers

December 10, 2014, 9:47 UTC+3 MINSK
Customs bodies are observing customs formalities related to customs transit of good transported via the territory of Belarus in strict compliance with the customs legislation
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MINSK, December 10 /TASS/. Belarusian customs officers said on Tuesday that information about customs inspections on the border with Russia did not correspond to reality.

“The information circulated in Russian media that Belarus has resumed customs inspections on the border with Russia does not correspond to the reality,” the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

The document said that the republic’s customs bodies are observing customs formalities related to customs transit of good transported via the territory of Belarus in strict compliance with the customs legislation of the Customs Union and the Republic of Belarus.

Meanwhile, Belarusian Ambassador to Russia Igor Petrishchenko who arrived for a working visit in Penza on Tuesday denied that Belarus had resumed any customs inspections on the border with Russia.

“The Belarusian side had not resumed any customs control on the border,” Petrishchenko told TASS.

According to him, Belarusian customs officials working on the border are doing the formalities adopted by the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space.

“We are exercising reciprocal control to stop counterfeit products. This is a normal process. We haven’t backed an inch from the rules and regulations existing in the Customs Union,” the Belarusian ambassador said.

According to Petrishchenko, Belarus submits all goods entering the country to a strong veterinary control. The Belarusian consumer rights watchdog /Potrebnadzor/ and the sanitary and veterinary services are trying to prevent poor quality agricultural products from entering the Russian market.

The Belarusian ambassador said that the customs bodies of both countries should work out common safety criteria for the common market to be applicable in the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space.

The Russian Federal Customs Service reported the day before that Belarus had resumed customs control at the border with Russia.

“The Russian Federal Customs Service confirms that Belarusian customs officers have resumed their work on the border with Russia. There is no customs control from our side,” Yelena Grach, the Federal Customs Service spokesperson, told TASS. She also said that truck transport had difficulties in crossing the Russian-Belarusian border.

Russia and Belarus gave up customs border control of automobile transport in April 2011 after an agreement on creation of the Customs Union between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan had taken effect. Under the document, all vehicles crossing into the territory of the Customs Union were supposed to go through the customs at the Union’s external borders.

The Eurasian Economic Union providing for a higher level of economic integration in the territories of the Customs Union states is to be created on the basis of the Customs Union on January 1, 2015.

Late last week, Belarusian Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich said that the Belarusian government would take measures to protect the country’s population and national producers from growing re-import of goods from Russia.

The Russian agricultural watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor, has, in turn, lodged a number of claims to the quality of Belarusian agricultural products delivered to Russia and has started limiting Belarusian agricultural imports steadily.

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