Simplification of grain transit procedures through Poland
Since March 6, each wagon transporting grain from Ukraine through Poland must be sealed with customs seals. At border crossings these seals will be checked, but not removed, which will reduce waiting times and reduce congestion. Railway Supply magazine wrote this, citing RailFreight.
This is the result of a meeting held in Warsaw with the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Poland. Veterinary border control between the two countries was significantly strengthened in February, which resulted in noticeable delays and queues at border crossings. The new agreement, according to the parties involved, is expected to alleviate these problems. However, grain destined for the Polish market will still be checked at border crossings.
Too early to abandon the broad gauge
According to the new agreement, “the carrier will be obliged to put seals on each wagon. These seals will be checked at Polish-Ukrainian borders by the Polish National Tax Service (KAS). However, KAS officials will remove the seals only after the cargo reaches the Polish ports of Gdansk, Gdynia or Swinoujscie. If Ukrainian grain must transit through Poland to reach other EU member states, the seals will be removed as soon as the cargo arrives in the destination country. This means that veterinary border control will not be carried out by Polish authorities subject to official seals.
As soon as the consignment reaches its destination, a record of the unsealing will be available through the New Computerized Transit System (NCTS). NCTS is an electronic declaration system that replaces the paper procedure with an exchange of electronic messages. In case of discrepancy between the declared and the actual place of unloading, Ukraine will suspend the responsible freight forwarders from further transport operations. As stressed by the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, the new regime is introduced from March 6.
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