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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
Drivers of vehicles intended for international road transport are not subject to the temporary restriction on entry to the territory of Belarus, introduced on 29 October 2020 at the land border crossing points.
The State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus informs that “due to the current epidemic situation in the neighboring countries” the Republic of Belarus temporarily restricted the entry of certain categories of individuals from Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine to its territory through land border crossing points.
Restrictions do not apply to:
- the employees of diplomatic missions and consular offices with the diplomatic and service passports;
- the drivers of the vehicles intended for international road transport;
- the members of train and locomotive crews of international railway communication.
From 15 October 2020, foreign citizens and stateless persons, with the exception of permanent residents of Belarus, arriving from countries in which cases of COVID-19 are not registered (countries not on this list, list in Russian only) must have an original medical document (in Russian, Belarusian or English), confirming a negative laboratory test result for COVID-19, performed by PCR no later than 72 hours before arrival in Belarus.
Further information can be found in the document attached.
On the 17 September 2020, many media reported that Belarus announced closure of its borders with Lithuania and Poland, and strengthened security measures on the border with Ukraine.
IRU is closely monitoring the situation and citing Border Guard Authorities of Belarus, Lithuania and Poland confirms that currently cross-border movements are performed as usual and all border crossing points function for entry/exit formalities within their carrying capacity.
Source: State Border Committee of Belarus, State Border Guard Service of Lithuania.
On 29 June, the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus issued Resolution No. 372, which amends Resolution No. 171 of 25 March 2020; concerning measures to prevent the importation and spread of infection caused by the coronavirus COVID-19; as well as Resolution No.311 of 25 May 2020, on the deployment of navigation devices (seals).
Notably, drivers in transit are no longer requestedto use designated highways or stop for rest and fuelling at designated rest areas or fuel stations, or exit Belarus, no longer than the next day, upon the date of entry. Drivers are no longer required to use navigation seals for transit via the territory of Belarus. Navigation seals will be offered as an alternative to customs convoy in cases required by the legislation.
Also, drivers who failed to comply with the above requirements will no longer be requested to use navigation seals for transit via the territory of Belarus. Navigation seals will be offered as an alternative to customs convoy in cases required by the legislation.
The Resolution shall enter into force on 1 July 2020.
Source: IRU Moscow office
On 16 June, the Ministry of Transport of Belarus introduced temporary restrictions on axle loads of vehicles operating on public roads from 1 July to 20 September. The provision aims at ensuring safety on highways when daytime temperature exceeds 25° C. Therefore, the maximum permissible axle load for vehicles running on asphalt concrete pavement will be 6 tonnes. The restriction will apply on asphalt roads from 11:00 to 20:00 inclusive.
The provision does not apply to the following cases:
- sections of toll roads;
- M-14 highway Second ring road around the city of Minsk;
- section from km 0 to km 15 of the highway R-80 Sloboda - Papernya;
The list of specialised places for stopping (parking) for rest and meals for drivers and refuelling vehicles in transit through the territory of Belarus has been extended.
The Resolution of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus of 28 May 2020 No. 321 (enters into force on 30 May 2020) which amended the Resolution of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus of 25 March 2020 No. 171; concerning measures to prevent the importation and spread of infection caused by the coronavirus COVID-19.
The obligation to leave the territory of the Republic of Belarus by the shortest route, and no later than the day after the day of entry onto its territory, does not apply to drivers in transit if it is necessary to obtain a special permit on the transport of dangerous goods during the international road transportation.
The new edition contains a list of motorways on which vehicles in transit are obligated to pass and stopping (parking) for rest and meals for drivers, refuelling vehicles is now possible in accordance with Appendix 1 to the Resolution No. 171. This list has been expanded by more than 40 stopping points.
In addition, changes were made that affected the following provisions:
- the requirements of the Resolution No. 171, prescribing to drive only on republican roads, on which stopping (parking) for rest and meals for drivers, refuelling vehicles is possible, and your vehicle leaves the territory of Belarus no later than the day following the day of entry into its territory, will be extended not only for drivers performing international goods transport, but also for all drivers in transit through the territory of the Republic of Belarus using the vehicles intended for international road transport (including empty vehicles and passengers transport);
- drivers who carry out regular international road passenger transport are given the opportunity to not comply with the requirements to pass on republican roads included in the list and stop in specialised places for rest and meals for drivers;
- when performing operations and actions provided for in the first part of subparagraph 1.3. of the Resolution No. 171 (obtaining along the route a special permit for the passage of oversized and heavy vehicles through the territory of a foreign state, a special permit for the transport of dangerous goods during the international road transport of goods, in the event of an accident (breakdown) of a vehicle, as well as in the event of an unloading, reloading (transshipment) of goods, vehicle replacement), the driver must have and submit for control the documents confirming such operations or actions.
The form of the requirement for the driver in transit through the territory of the Republic of Belarus using the vehicles intended for international road transport is set forth in the new edition.
The Belarusian Government has issued a Regulation of 25 May 2020 No. 311 on the deployment of navigation devices (seals). This regulation was published yesterday and will enter into force on 7 June 2020.
The document notably requests that transport operators in transit who have violated subparagraph 1.2. and (or) 1.3. of the Regulation of 25 March 2020 No. 171 (i.e. failed to use only designated highways or parking areas to comply with transit deadlines) will be allowed to transit the territory of Belarus only in cases where navigation seals are attached to the goods compartments of their vehicles in order to track their location.
These provisions shall not apply in cases of malfunction of the navigation system caused by technical problems, or breaches in the means of communications, or when customs escorts are used in accordance with the customs procedure of customs transit.
Navigation seals will be attached at the border crossing points before entry into Belarus either by customs authorities, or by the national operator (Belneftegaz), or by other authorised entities.
Removal of navigation seals will be carried out at:
- the external borders of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) by either the customs authorities, or by the national operator (Belneftegaz), or by other authorised entities;
- the RUS-BLR border by either the national operator (Belneftegaz) or by other authorised entities.
Governmental Regulation of 25 May 2020 No. 311 has also set a fee for this service – 3 basic units which is currently BYN 81 or EUR 31, VAT included.
This legal act has been adopted by the government to ensure deployment of navigation seals in Belarus, as well as to take additional measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and will remain in force until 30 September 2020.
On 26 May, the Government of Belarus informed of a new procedure for booking a place in the queue at the border.
Further details can be seen here.
Companies should be aware that the service is not mandatory, does not come for free and only concerns transport operators crossing the border with Latvia.
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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