Vitebsk Customs celebrates 27th anniversary
Vitebsk customs post of Minsk regional customs was transformed into Vitebsk customs on March 22, 1993. Six customs operated only in Vitebsk region in those years; today, the structure of the customs authorities of Belarus is built on the principle of one region - one customs.
The activities of Vitebsk customs provide a dynamic process of clearing goods and freight flows of the following air, rail and road transport, and the forms and methods of working with people crossing the border are being improved. Inspectors of four customs posts: Novopolotsk, Orsha, Bigosovo and Urbany, make a significant contribution to the replenishment of the republican budget, protection of the interests of the Eurasian Economic Union through their diligent work, protect us from the import of prohibited and dangerous psychotropic substances.
Customs infrastructure is actively developing on the state border with Latvia - reconstruction of the Urbany checkpoint is nearing completion. Also, starting July 1, the Vidzy checkpoint on the Belarusian-Lithuanian border will become international, which will redistribute the flow of transport in the context of the reconstruction of the Kamenny Log checkpoint.
Every day, Vitebsk customs officers clear about 1,200 freight and passenger cars at the Grigorovschina and Urbany road checkpoints. The Vitebsk Airport checkpoint for 2019 received 2 times more flights compared to the previous period.
Since the beginning of the year, border control of more than a thousand freight trains and more than 2100 people crossing the border on such trains has been carried out. Customs conducts these border control functions for the second year.
The release of goods as soon as possible, subject to the law, is a modern task for customs. About 95% of goods exported from the territory of the EAEU in the region of customs are processed in less than 5 minutes, more than 90% of goods imported – in less than 2 hours.
The role of customs in countering cross-border crime and combating drug trafficking in the region is high. So, in 2017, the import of more than 350 kg of hashish was stopped, in 2019 - 130 kg of hashish and 10 kg of ecstasy, and in January of this year, customs officers stopped the entry into the EAEU of more than 900 thousand doses of opium, which was contained in a batch of poppy contaminated with straws.
The professionalism and competence of customs officers allows us to look into the future with confidence, achieve significant results and successfully solve the tasks set by the state.