Transit of sanctioned goods in Russia may be allowed from January 1

Transit of sanctioned goods in Russia may be allowed from January 1

The project for monitoring transit freight traffic using electronic navigation seals is planned to be launched from January 1, 2020, which will allow transport operators to transport sanctions goods through the territory of Russia.

Relevant information was announced on November 21 during the industry conference “Optimization and safety of road transport: digitalization of services in the transport system”, Technical Director of the Center for Development of Digital Platforms (a subsidiary of RTITS, operator of the new navigation and information system) Sergey Kiselev.

“We expect that from January 1, such transportation will be possible on the territory of our country. All cargoes that are now prohibited by the decree of the President of Russia, that is, sanctions, will be allowed for transportation, ”said the speaker of the conference.

According to Sergey Kiselyov, active preparatory work is currently underway on the part of the system operator and authorities to launch this project.

In particular, in the near future, before the end of this year, a decree of the Russian government should be issued, which “details the implementation of the presidential decree” and allows the use of this system to control transportation. Also, this document will fix the description of which electronic seals can be used when transporting goods through the territory of Russia.

In turn, Deputy Minister of Transport of Russia Alexey Semenov, who also took part in the transport forum, confirmed to GiD that this project would be about to be launched.

“He is in a high stage of readiness. Now he is in the government, at the stage of normative resolution of this issue. In the near future a government act will be issued that will determine and regulate legal relations in this area, ”commented Semenov.

Sergey Kiselev recalled that electronic navigation seals are supposed to be hung on vehicles and trains to control freight traffic and to establish the facts of the opening of goods.

In the future, it is planned to develop this system, its distribution to the territory of all EAEU countries.

“That is, when we test it on sanctioned cargo, there will be an extension of its action. The system will be joined by neighboring countries: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia – to create a single control corridor from China to Europe, through the entire territory of the EAEU, ”the representative of the Center for the Development of Digital Platforms said.

Sergey Kiselev also added that on the territory of neighboring states will operate their own operators of this monitoring system.

In general, the speaker emphasized, the system aims to create a single green corridor from China to Europe, which will allow transport operators to accelerate the transportation of goods.

Recall that the resumption of the transit traffic of “sanctioned” goods was announced by Alexei Semenov in April this year. It was planned that this would happen from July 1, but for a number of reasons – including the need to select an operator – the start of the project was delayed.

The transit cargo monitoring system of the “sanctions” group is being created by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 290, which entered into force on July 1, 2019. According to the document, carriers will be able to transport this category of goods in transit through Russia to third countries, provided that electronic navigation seals are used. A ban on the import into our country of a number of categories of food products from the EU countries was introduced in 2014; it also extended to transit road transport of these products.

As for the technology for monitoring transit cargos using electronic navigation seals, a pilot project for its use was implemented last year between the customs authorities of Russia and Kazakhstan. The experiment was conducted during September – October and was considered successful. In the future, Armenia and Belarus also joined the meeting.