Sep 25

The heads of the Russian and Estonian customs authorities announced a start of a pilot project to test a simplified border crossing procedure for a list of trusted cargo companies

"In order to assist companies with goods logistics, we need to have good personal and professional contacts with our colleagues in Russia as well as exchange information about risks and find solutions for law-abiding companies," said the director of Estonian Tax and Customs Board.  The use of fast-track customs schemes for Authorized Economic Operators is a growing trend among customs administrations worldwide. 

The project will go until the beginning of 2014 and was given its impetus in early spring when a joint report by the two countries' audit offices signaled that their respective customs authorities should find ways to solve delays at their common land border, the board's statement said.

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Project information
Project duration: 01.03.2011-28.02.2015
Lead partner: University of Eastern Finland
Total budget: 3 386 700 €
EU contribution: 2 644 090 €