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Published: 2 october 2013 13:28

Checks on Lithuanian trucks at Russia’s border stepped up again

Juliaus Kalinsko / 15min nuotr. / Medininkuose – vilkikų eilės

Reports that Russia cancelled tightened checks on Lithuanian truckers on Tuesday were apparently not true as the checks were stepped up again on Wednesday. Haulers say that checks might be extended for another week, until October 7.

“It’s difficult to say anything about the situation. There are unfavorable signs at the border. They did not check the whole day [on Tuesday] and then, as we were notified, they resumed checks at night. Of course, the border is not the main indicator. What is most important is the situation at internal customs offices,” Mečislavas Atroškevičius, vice-president of Linava, the national road carriers’ association, told BNS.

Lithuania’s carriers would only get first reports about situation at Russia’s internal customs offices in the afternoon, he said.

Atroškevičius cited unofficial sources as saying that the checks might be extended for another week. He admitted, however, that some trucks might have been checked as because some customs officers might not yet have been notified about the suspension of tightened regime.

Algimantas Kondrusevičius, Linava president, told BNS that Russia might have revised the risk profile. He admitted, however, that those were pure speculations.

“They might have revised the profile, started to apply it in a different way… For example, they might have chosen the country of truck registration, and not the country of loading, as the factor. However, it’s difficult to say anything now, we don’t have any official information,” he told BNS.

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