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19 December 2019, 19:31

Traffic across Belarusian-Lithuanian border rises steadily

MINSK, 19 December (BelTA) – In January-November 2019 vehicle traffic across the Belarusian-Lithuanian border rose by 10% in comparison with the same period of 2018 and now accounts for nearly one third of the total number of automobiles that cross the Belarusian border. The statistics was released by the State Customs Committee after the head of the Belarusian customs service met with his Lithuanian counterpart at the border checkpoint Kamenny Log – Medininkai on 19 December, BelTA has learned. The meeting focused on coordinating actions for the sake of allowing as many automobiles as possible to cross the border.

It was noted that in November 2019 the customs and border services of Belarus and Lithuania reached an agreement on ways to improve the situation at the border. The situation has become better since then but the sides are keeping an eye on the state of affairs in order to prevent long vehicle queues at the Belarusian-Lithuanian border.

The attention is justified since the Belarusian-Lithuanian border remains popular among truckers and citizens. So far this year the vehicle traffic across this part of the Belarusian border has accounted for nearly 30% of the total number of vehicles crossing the Belarusian border. The number of vehicles grows every year. In January-November 2019 nearly 2.3 million vehicles crossed the Belarusian-Lithuanian border, 10% up from the same period of last year. Every day the Belarusian customs service clears over 6,500 vehicles that cross the Belarusian-Lithuanian customs border.

During the meeting representatives of the Belarusian customs service and the Lithuanian one discussed what steps need to be taken in order to make the border crossing experience even more convenient for citizens and truckers.

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