17:30 17.07.2017

Ukraine, Moldova introduce joint border control at Kuchurgan-Pervomaisk crossing

Ukraine, Moldova introduce joint border control at Kuchurgan-Pervomaisk crossing

Joint border control between Ukraine and Moldova has been introduced at the Kuchurgan-Pervoimaisk crossing, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said.

"We are starting with joint border control with Moldova with the participation of the EU at the Kuchurgan-Pervomaisk crossing. This is one more step towards controlling the borders according to EU standards," Klimkin said on his Facebook page.

The press service of the Cabinet of Ministers of Moldova announced the joint crossing point would be opened on Monday with the participation of Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

The joint border crossing is being opened pursuant to an intergovernmental agreement supported by the EU within framework of the bloc's neighborhood policy aimed at modernizing the integrated management of borders.

Control will be exercised on the Ukrainian side at the Kuchurgan control point bordering with Transdniestria's Pervomaisk crossing point. A the first six-month stage of the project, members of the Customs Service and Border Police of Moldova will jointly control only export operations from Transdniestria's region. The border police will monitor transportation means and people, register foreign citizens entering and leaving and report information about national legislation concerning migration to the interested parties.

The second stage envisions joint control of the movement of goods, including exports and imports, as well as the transportation means and individuals. Existing procedures for economic entities and individuals crossing to/from the Transdniestrian region will not be changed.

Agricultural and animal products may be imported and exported from Transdniestrian region on the basis of certificates issued by the responsible phytosanitary and veterinarian services of both states, without control or special fees.

The joint control project aims to simplify the movement of goods, transportation and individuals in accordance with the principle, dubbed " the 'one stop - one window' principle," including the necessary customs procedures for export/import operations of goods from/to Transdniestria, including goods subject to excise tax, with the aim of significantly shortening the amount of time for customs control and lowering transportation costs, in part through spot checks of transportation means and goods.

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