MINSK, 12 July (BelTA) – The reconstruction of the border checkpoint Kamenny Log is supposed to begin in 2019, BelTA learned from Chairman of the State Customs Committee of Belarus Yuri Senko at a session of the public advisory board operating under the aegis of the committee.
According to the source, Belarus' Customs works hard to allow cargoes and passengers cross the border more easily. Plans have been made to adjust the infrastructure in the border checkpoints located at the Belarusian-Lithuanian border. The reconstruction of the border checkpoint Kammeny Log is supposed to begin in 2019. The main purpose of the reconstruction is to triple the throughput capacity up to 6,000 vehicles daily (3,500 cars, 2,400 trucks, and 100 buses), said Yuri Senko.
The border checkpoint will get a total of 32 vehicle clearance channels – 16 outgoing channels and 16 incoming ones. The direction of each channel can be adjusted to match the traffic. “We had an old design and we've reworked it to meet modern reality. This system will allow making the work of the border checkpoint more convenient,” noted the official.
Customs clearance procedures will be expedited when a stationary vehicle inspection system will be deployed instead of the existing mobile one. Apart from that, a digital system will be introduced to automatically distribute vehicles across the parking lot.
While the border checkpoint Kamenny Log undergoes reconstruction, its workload will be handled by other checkpoints located at the Belarusian-Lithuanian border. “We are in negotiations with the Belarusian border service, the customs and border services of neighboring countries in order to make the necessary adjustments and redistribute traffic to the checkpoints where we can offer proper vehicle clearance for the duration of the reconstruction process,” added Yuri Senko.
The reconstruction of the border checkpoint Kamenny Log is supposed to be funded by a loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB).
The construction of a transport and logistics hub with spacious warehouse premises has begun near the border checkpoint Kamenny Log. A customs clearance station will be opened there. “Construction is supposed to be finished by September 2018. Startup and commissioning operations will be carried out in September. We hope that the terminal will begin working in early October,” said the head of Belarus' Customs.More about Society