Chop and Michalovce customs offices introduce additional lanes
This Wednesday, December 12, at the customs post "Uzhgorod" there was a bilateral international working meeting with the heads of Chop and Michalovce customs, which was devoted to the preparation and cooperation of customs authorities at the Ukrainian-Slovak border during the tourist season in the winter holidays.
The chief customs officer of Transcarpathia Oleksandr Pohylko suggested Slovak colleagues in case of increasing flow to allocate a separate lane for citizens travelling to the European Union on vacation. The Ukrainian side has such an opportunity - to introduce an additional lane of border crossing for tourists. Oleksandr Pohylko also informed his counterpart that on the eve of Christmas and New Year holidays at the checkpoints "Uzhgorod - Vyshnye Nyemetske" and "Maly Berezny - Ublya" they will increase the number of Chop customs officers to avoid creating any queues and to accelerate customs clearance of people and vehicles.
For his part, the head of the customs office of Michalovce Milan Kachurik thanked for the timely proposition of Ukrainian colleagues to hold such a meeting and good advice on the introduction of additional lanes for tourists on the Slovak side. Also he reported that they had already had a working meeting with his colleagues at the border - the border guards, and discussed joint actions to promptly conduct customs and border procedures. In addition, on December 17 an additional scanner will be enabled for more effective control of large vehicles.
Mr. Kachurik proposed the chief of the Chop customs office to hold a joint trilateral meeting with carriers in January 2013 to explain them all necessary customs procedures on both sides of the border. This is due to the fact that in recent times their services have received numerous complaints from drivers who complained about the delay in processing and alleged increase of the time for passing customs and border control at the Slovak border. This information is not true. Established by the European Union clear time parameters do not allow Slovak customs officers to violate them. They have reached an agreement with Ukrainian colleagues that the maximum number of processed vehicles shall be at least 125.
Finally, Slovak customs officials assured that they would make every effort so that citizens and carriers would comfortably cross the border - informed Victoria Senhetovska, spokeswoman for Chop customs.
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