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WCO/State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus
In order to take operational measures to overcome the negative consequences of the spread of coronavirus infection 2019-nCoV, a “green corridor” has been organized for certain essential goods, which provides for performing customs operations as a matter of priority and as soon as possible in customs checkpoints, as well as the possibility of extending the working time of customs checkpoints if such a need arises.
Remarks from the International Road Transport Union
The Government of Belarus has issued a Regulation No. 256 of 24 April 2020 with amendments to the previous Regulation No. 171 of 25 March 2020. These amendments are effective from 1 May 2020, and reflect some of the supportive measures for the industry, including those initiated by the association “BAMAP”.
For vehicles registered in Belarus and used for the international road transport operations of goods, the validity date of the following documents has been extended for 30 calendar days:
· certificates of approval of a road vehicle for the international carriage of goods under customs seals;
· certificates of admission of a road vehicle (except for wheel tractors, also in combination with trailers or semi-trailers) issued to validate permission to be on the road.
· international certificates of vehicle technical inspections;
· certificates of technical control issued to validate the compliance of a road vehicle with the ECMT technical standards;
The extension for 30 calendar days will be applicable to the above documents in cases where the validity date expires between 1 May 2020 and 30 May 2020.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus has been instructed to notify foreign states of this decision through diplomatic channels.
Due to the current pandemic situation, and in case the notification of the same decision issent by foreign states to Belarus through diplomatic channels, the State Customs Committee of Belarus has confirmed that it is also ready to accept such certificates of approval as valid when performing customs operations.
Sources: BAMAP, State Customs Committee
On 28 April, in accordance with the amendments to the Decree of the Council of Ministers No. 171 “On measures to prevent the importation and spread of infection caused by the coronavirus COVID-19”, the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Belarus provided an updated map of routes for vehicles transiting through the territory of the Republic of Belarus which indicate the locations for stopping/parking, rest and refueling. In particular, an additional stopping/parking point has been included: M-1/E30 Brest (Kozlovichi) - Minsk - border of the Russian Federation (Redki), 6 km (right) - fuel station Tatbelnefteprodukt.
The Government of Belarus has issued a Regulation No. 208 of 8 April 2020 which introduces additional restrictive measures. This document shall enter into force on 10 April 2020.
The new regulation notably requires that self-isolation requirements shall also be applicable to drivers after completion of international road transport of goods in the territory of Belarus. This also includes drivers who were replaced, in the course of the transit transport operation, and are arriving from countries where COVID-19 has been registered. This applies until the next road transport operation or within 14 calendar days.
The regulation also requires that drivers performing international road transport operations across the territory of Belarus, must have personal protective equipment (medical masks, gloves) on board and use them when they leave the cabin.
Belarus has also added to the list a few more locations where drivers in transit are allowed to stop (park) for rest and meals, or refuel vehicles. Please follow the links below to access updated map.
In accordance with Decree No.171 of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus dated 25 March 2020, all drivers performing a transit of goods through Belarus are obligated to use only the approved national roads, and only park in the specified areas to rest, eat or refuel.
The list of approved rest areas has been updated. Six additional parking areas for rest and meals for drivers, the refuelling of transit vehicles or for performing international goods transports, have been identified on the territory of the Republic of Belarus:
- М-1/Е30 Brest (Kozlovichi) – Minsk – border of the Russian Federation (Redki), km 514 – fuel station No 59 “Belorusneft”
- М-1/Е30 Brest (Kozlovichi) – Minsk – border of the Russian Federation (Redki), km 514 – fuel station No 60 “Belorusneft”
- М-3 Minsk – Vitebsk, km 102 - fuel station No 18 “Belorusneft”
- М-3 Minsk – Vitebsk, km 237 - fuel station No 72 “Belorusneft”
- М-3 Minsk – Vitebsk, km 156 - fuel station “LUKOIL Belorussia”
- М-8/Е-95 border of the Russian Federation (Jezerische) – Vitebsk – Gomel – border of Ukraine (Novaya Guta), km 73 - fuel station No 68 “Belorusneft”
The updated route maps of the movement of transit vehicles through the territory of the Republic of Belarus can be downloaded using the following links:
Transit of freight road carriers through the Republic of Belarus
In accordance with Decree No.171 of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus dated 25 March 2020, all drivers performing transit of goods through Belarus are obligated to use only approved national roads and park in specified areas to rest, have meals or refuel, according to the list of roads and specified parking areas approved by the Decree.
Transit drivers are obligated to leave the territory of Belarus by the shortest route possible, by no later than the day after entry onto the territory of Belarus, unless it is impossible to comply with the specified period due to vehicle accident/breakdown, unloading or transshipment cargo, vehicle replacement, or if it is provided for within the terms of the contract of carriage and indicated in the transport documents.
If it is necessary to carry out any of the above operations, a deviation from the approved list of national road and specified parking areas is allowed. However, operations should be carried out in the shortest possible time.
While the vehicle is parked, transit drivers must not leave the parking area.
The list of approved national roads and specified parking areas attached in Decree No. 171 can be found here.
Source: Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus
With effect from 19 March 00.00, drivers non-resident in the Republic of Belarus engaged in international transit operations through the territory of the Republic of Belarus can only use selected areas for rest, meals and refuelling vehicles. A detailed list with locations can be found on this map.
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