Murmansk customs: strengthening business cooperation

Last year, the Murmansk customs officers participated in 19 international meetings with colleagues from Finland in the framework of parantamiseksi meetings on the territory of checkpoints, and also participated in the “Day of logistics”, met with delegates of the Russian-German chamber of Commerce in the framework of their visit to Murmansk oblast. In Murmansk there were two bilateral meetings at the level of the FCS of Russia and Severo-the Western customs office.

At the customs post MAPP Borisoglebsk was held a Russian-Norwegian meeting of heads of border customs authorities. Multilateral automobile checkpoint Borisoglebsk is the only land border between Russia and Norway. Twice a year the representatives of customs agencies of these neighboring countries meet to discuss topical issues.

From the Russian side in the meeting participated the head of the representative office of the FCS of Russia in Finland Vitaly Peshkov, representatives of North-Western customs administration, the acting head of the Murmansk customs Timur Karimov, the acting chief of the customs post MAPP Borisoglebsk, Alexander Vladimirov. From the Norwegian side – a representative of the customs Directorate in Norway (Oslo), Tanya Dannevig, Director of customs region North Norway Atle of Joakimsen, head of sector in Kirkenes Raymond Valitalo, head office in the Tour Storage Johansen.

Colleagues of the two countries discussed the dynamics of passenger and transport flows in the neighboring border crossings, congestion on weekdays and holidays, and also during sports, cultural events in border areas; national legislative developments; structural changes in departments; prospective directions of further development of customs business cooperation.

The Russian side has informed the foreign colleagues about the introduction in February of this year a new form of the passenger customs Declaration and requirement confirmation of legality of receipt of funds when moving in any monetary instruments by individuals across the border of the sum more than 100 thousand U.S. dollars, also said about the lifting since may of last year of restrictions on the export from Russia by individuals of alcohol and tobacco products.

Representatives of the Norwegian customs authorities also spoke about structural changes and provided statistics on cases of importation to Norway of prohibited goods, for example, edged weapons (knives) or such tobacco products as a STEEK (used in electronic devices IQOS), the importation and use of which in Norway is prohibited.

Both sides claim a fairly flat, the situation on the Russian-Norwegian land border by holding both sides of the preventive work on prevention and the prevention of delinquency. Colleagues of the two countries noted the mutual interest in business cooperation and openness to different forms, which helps to work effectively customs services on both sides of the border.

Alla Sveshnikov,
press Secretary of Murmansk customs