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Russia delays

[ November 2, 2011   //   ]

Shortsea operator Containerships says that there has been in marked increase in the time required by Baltics Customs to issue transit documents for bonded deliveries to Russia via all St. Petersburg port terminal and inland border crossing points. Shipment shave been delayed for several days leading to increased demurrage costs.

A meeting between the Baltic customs authorities, shipping lines and main consignees on 26 October was told that Russian customs policy was to decrease internal customs posts and move customs clearance to the country’s  borders. At the same time,  customs control over bonded  regime cargoes is being strengthened, with extra checks of cargo value and customs codes, X-rays, extra and weight checking, with particular controls on cargoes under Harmonized Codes 84, 85 and 90 (equipment).

Baltic customs will shortly issue an order to strengthen controls over bonded deliveries.