According to information on the Russian Federal Customs Service’s web-site, that all transportation vehicles that carry out transit shipments under TIR carnets, will from August 15 will only be able to do so in the territory of the Russian Federation in the presence of a customs convoy. Furthermore, all customs duties must be paid in full beforehand.
Such a decision has been made, because the Russian Association of International Road Carriers, which issues TIR carnets in Russia, have not paid customs duties in accordance with the TIR Convention. According to the announcement by the Russian Federal Customs Service, as of June 1, 2013, the total sum of TIR procedural violations has reached RUB 20 billion (LVL 329.54 million), .
According to those operating in the road transportation sector in Latvia, the changes could threaten the shipment of cargo into Russia. Latvian international truckers association Latvijas AutoPresident Valdis Trezins said in his statement, that there will be “a complete halt of cargo shipments into Russia”, as there is no alternative to the TIR system. “Without TIR carnets, Russian transportation vehicles will also not be able to enter the European Union.”
RCL Agencies will continue to monitor the situation and report further updates once available. Please be guided accordingly.’