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Belarus seals electronic equipment transit to Russia — producers

December 22, 2014, 15:54 UTC+3

Transit of electronic equipment produced in Russia's westernmost Kaliningrad Region has been sealed by Belarusian customs services

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MOSCOW, December 22. /TASS/. Belarusian customs services have sealed transit of electronic appliances to Russia from Russian westernmost Kaliningrad Region, director for marketing of Russian holding GS Group Andrey Bezrukov and chief of electronics plant Telebalt Viktor Borisenko told TASS.

Both companies have their production sites in the Kaliningrad Region and deliver the manufactured goods to Moscow, St. Petersburg and other Russian cities by transit motor shipments through Belarus.

A representative of the Belarusian state customs committee has not replied to a TASS journalist’s question on the issue.

“Belarusian customs services have halted transit of GS Group produce through the country. In general, transit was stopped for all electronic equipment produced in the Kaliningrad Region and our produce also came under the effect of the ban. The company’s top management did not receive any notifications from Belarusian customs service officials, as trucks were just banned from crossing the border without any reasons given for refusal,” Bezrukov told TASS.

In his words, GS Group is preparing an official petition in Belarusian customs services. “Formally customs services can stop a consignment for a check, but actually no such cases have been reported," he said. "Belarusian customs authorities’ actions should not be linked with payment of customs fees, as we pay duties in the way set lawfully,” Bezrukov said. He noted that all produce had been manufactured at the plant in the Kaliningrad Region.

“Our trucks have been detained on Lithuanian-Belarusian border at Oshmyany customs post since December 3."

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