FCS RF extends illegal TIR restrictions to Finnish-Russian border

Based on information from the website of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation (FCS RF), TIR Carnets have no longer be accepted in the North-West region at the Finnish-Russian border (Customs office of Torfyanovka) since March 20, 2014.

Transport operators travelling through this high-traffic border crossing point between Europe and Russia will now be obliged to purchase additional national guarantees. The IRU therefore strongly advises all transport operators driving to, from and across Russia, to use the IRU Recommendations for TIR Carnet Holders (EN ¦ RU) in case TIR Carnets are illegally refused by Russian Customs officers.

This additional illegal decision by the FCS RF is in direct violation of the TIR Convention, as well as several Court decisions rendered by the Supreme Arbitration Court of Russia. It also defies instructions from the Russian Government taken in relation to TIR in the past few months and constitutes another worrying sign for the business climate in Russia.

The IRU is currently in discussions with various Russian Ministries at all levels to quickly resolve this situation through the immediate reinstatement and long-term continuation of the TIR System in Russia.

IRU has reported on about excessive high guarantees for operators at the borders, both for import and export in Russia. According to some CLECAT members border crossing is still possible in practices without buying additional guarantee.

Published: 24 March 2014 – www.bifa.org