The accumulation of freight vehicles with agricultural products on the Armenian-Georgian border is not associated with restrictions due to COVID-19


The accumulation of freight vehicles with agricultural products on the Armenian-Georgian border is not associated with restrictions due to COVID-19

03/24/2020

Traffic is gradually recovering, cars loaded with essential food products enter the country unhindered

The Armenian agricultural holding Spayka LLC, engaged in the production of various types of agricultural products and its export to Russia and other countries, on the eve disseminated information about the multi-day idle time of its trucks at the Armenian-Georgian border, near Bagratashen, bordering the Sadakhlo Automobile CCI (Georgia). According to the information of the agricultural holding, goods are sent in transit to the Russian Federation.

According to Georgia’s Ministry of Finance Revenue Service, EastFruit, the accumulation of freight transport at the Bagratashen-Sadakhlo crossing is not due to restrictions imposed by the Georgian authorities in connection with the threat of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. It is temporary in nature and is due to recent “road restrictions that have been introduced in connection with the threat of avalanches in the Darial Gorge”.

“As a result of intensive cleaning work of the Department of Roads of the Ministry of Infrastructure, the traffic in the Gudauri-Kobi and Darial-Lars sections has already been restored, and freight vehicles are moving freely. The restoration of the movement of trucks in the direction of other CCIs also occurs in stages, ”the revenue service noted.

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The movement of freight vehicles through the customs checkpoints “Kazbegi” (Georgia) and “Upper Lars” (Russia) was stopped on March 16 due to the high threat of avalanches. On the morning of March 22, the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia, which was in charge of the country’s food supply, disseminated information that the movement had been restored, that “cars loaded with basic foodstuffs enter the country unhindered”, and that the Kazbegi CCI works in round-the-clock mode.

Due to the threat of the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, the Georgian authorities imposed a number of restrictions on crossing Georgian state borders, including closing several customs checkpoints for crossings of individuals. Meanwhile, this prohibition does not apply to freight transportation, and they are allowed through all CCIs around the clock (if climatic conditions do not interfere).

At the same time, since March 19, certain restrictions have been in force related to drivers of trucks entering Georgia, which for the past 14 days were located in countries recognized by the WHO as high-risk countries (in particular, China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Austria , France, Germany, Spain, etc.). In the case of import of goods, the driver of such a vehicle, if he is a citizen of a foreign country, must be replaced by another natural person upon entering the country, who does not belong to countries with a risk group. And the previous driver must either go back, or, based on the clinical condition, be quarantined / appropriate medical facility. As for the vehicle, it must either be disinfected under the supervision of a customs representative, or the tractor should be replaced with a tractor that is not considered to be at risk of spreading the coronavirus, and the trailer must be disinfected. If this does not work out, then the vehicle must be escorted to the nearest customs control zone, and the goods must be reloaded into another vehicle. In relation to other drivers entering Georgia, including Georgian citizens, established procedures for sanitary-quarantine control should also be implemented.

If the truck is sent through the territory of Georgia in transit, then through the territory of the country, until the next CCI, it must move in conditions of mandatory escort.

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