Bruzgi customs checkpoint begins large-scale modernization

Bruzgi customs checkpoint begins large-scale modernization

Simpler border crossing, but a more reliable barrier to smuggling. The customs checkpoint "Bruzgi" has launched a large-scale modernization. Plans include introduction of an electronic queue, more traffic lanes and the construction of a modern logistics center. 

Truck driver from Vitebsk Dmitry Sochnev was planning to spend several hours at the Belarusian-Polish border. But in reality the procedures took less time than expected.

Dmitry Sochnev, driver:
Before there were long queues and it took longer to complete the clearance of goods. And now, you saw yourself: 5-7 minutes and then the car drives off. Everything comes in electronic form. While we are approaching the border, all the information about the truck's route and cargo is coming to the customs.

All this is the result of an automatic cargo export experiment. Information is sent to the customs via the internet from companies. After an extensive checkpoint overhaul, truck drivers will not have to leave vehicles at all.

Ivan Teleshinsky, deputy chief of the Grodno regional customs:
The driver will hand the required documents to a customs booth without leaving the truck. A customs officer can fill in everything right on the spot and the driver can then leave the checkpoint.

But the comfortable crossing of the border should not affect the country's economic security. Customs officers are working hard to identify contraband.

By the yearend, new equipment will appear at the border checkpoint. Now the construction of a stationary inspection system is being completed. A dog service also helps customs officers.

Ignat Linevich, dog service, Grodno regional customs:
These dogs look for drugs. Rapiskan (inspection system) cannot find a small thing in a large truck. Dogs often help us find weapons and ammunition.

Coordinated work has allowed the Grodno customs to prevent more than 3,000 violations since the start of the year. The amount of confiscated goods exceeded 57 billion Belarusian rubles. In fact, this is one-fifth of the annual budget of Grodno.