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Customs officials of Belarus, Lithuania discuss problem of traffic congestions at border crossings


Alyaksandr Shpilewski, head of the State Customs Committee of Belarus, and Antanas Sipavicius, director general of the customs department of Lithuania’s finance ministry, met at Belarus’ Kamenny Loh border checkpoint on November 25 to discuss the problem of long lines of vehicles at Belarusian-Lithuanian border crossings.

Also participating in the meeting were other customs officials and representatives of the countries’ border control departments.

According to the press office of the State Customs Committee, the number of freight motor vehicles crossing the border into Lithuania is some 50 percent larger than the number of vehicles crossing the border in the opposite direction, with the actual traffic being twice the designed capacity.

Belarus believes that a reason for border traffic congestions is that there are no restrictions on bringing gasoline and diesel fuel into Lithuania, the press office said.

The Lithuanian delegation was told that the Kamenny Loh checkpoint was scheduled to be modernized in 2012, and that the modernization would increase its daily traffic capacity from 2,060 to 5,000 vehicles.

As a result of the meeting, the sides agreed to establish a notification system to efficiently handle vehicles and help the customs services promptly respond to emergencies leading to vehicles piling up at border crossings, the press office said.

The sides promised to meet minimum quantitative requirements for the daily passage of vehicles through border crossings. The requirement for the Kamenny Loh-Medininkai crossing was set at 3,600 vehicles. //BelaPAN

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