Seals and convoy: how Poland will control transit of Ukrainian agricultural products

Seals and convoy: how Poland will control transit of Ukrainian agricultural products

The State Service of Ukraine for Transport Safety (Ukrtransbezpeka) has announced new conditions for the transit of Ukrainian agricultural products through Poland, including convoys; transit will resume from the beginning of the day on April 21.

According to Ukrinform, this was reported by the press service of Ukrtransbezpeka on Facebook.

"The transit of agricultural products through Poland will resume under new conditions at 00:00 on April 21. We are announcing the preliminary conditions for the transit of Ukrainian agricultural products through the territory of the Republic of Poland, according to the information provided by the Polish side," the statement said.

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It is noted that the customs authorities of the Republic of Poland will carry out customs clearance of agricultural products from Ukraine, which are prohibited for import into the customs territory of the Republic of Poland and are in transit, only if there is a customs declaration T1, where the destination is indicated by the Polish ports of Gdansk, Gdynia, Swinoujscie, Szczecin or other EU countries.

In addition, the codes of agricultural products (6 digits), as well as safety and security data required by the European Union, are required for clearance.

In order to prevent attempts to stop the transit and import of agricultural products into the customs territory of Poland, additional control measures are introduced, namely:

installation of electronic seals on the vehicle on the Polish side (to track the movement of the vehicle and ensure that the cargo is not unloaded in Poland)

tracking of cargoes in transit to other EU countries using the SENT electronic system to confirm that road or rail transport has reached its destination in another EU country (will not apply to cargoes bound for Polish ports);

physical escort of cargoes from the border to a Polish port or to the border with another EU country during the first week after the resumption of transit, from April 21 to 26.

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"In the future, escorting will be used only in justified cases provided for by the current legislation of the Republic of Poland," the Ukrainian agency noted.

For Ukrainian carriers, sealing will be free of charge, and escorting will be free of charge in the coming week.

For vehicles that are already on the Polish side of the border, if the cargo owners do not want to re-import and, accordingly, pay VAT, it will be necessary to issue a T1 declaration at the checkpoint and send the cargo to other EU countries or Polish ports.

Ukrtransbezpeka emphasizes that if you try to import goods to Poland despite the ban, Polish customs authorities may return the vehicle with the cargo to Ukraine.

It is emphasized that border crossing conditions may change.

Also, Ukrtransbezpeka reports that a new registration in the veterinary queue at the Yahodyn-Dorohusk crossing has been opened on the eCherha website since 17.00.

As reported, Poland will unblock the transit of Ukrainian grain through its territory to ports in Europe on Friday, April 21. However, the ban on imports of Ukrainian agricultural products to the Polish market remains in place.

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