Putin signs decree on the economic security in cargo transit via Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree On Measures in the Provision of Economic Security and National Interests of the Russian Federation in International Cargo Transit from the Territory of Ukraine to the Territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan via the Territory of the Russian Federation

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree On Measures in the Provision of Economic Security and National Interests of the Russian Federation in International Cargo Transit from the Territory of Ukraine to the Territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan via the Territory of the Russian Federation.

The decree was posted on the official legal information portal. It was signed in connection with the suspended validity of the free trade zone agreement with Ukraine on Jan. 1, 2016.

The decree requires that international motor and rail cargo transit from the territory of Ukraine to the territory of Kazakhstan via the territory of Russia be conducted exclusively from the territory of Belarus "on the condition of use of identification means [seals] in cargo bays [compartments] of vehicles and rolling stock, premises, containers and other places where goods are or may be present, including those operating on the basis of the Glonass global navigation satellite system's technology, and on the condition of record cards possessed by drivers of motor vehicles providing the transportation."

Drivers of motor vehicles providing the transportation are compelled to receive record cards from stationary or mobile control posts upon their arrival in the territory of Russia from the territory of Belarus and to submit these record cards to stationary or mobile control posts in their departure from the territory of Russia.

Record cards shall be deemed invalid in case drivers of motor vehicles violate the procedure for placing, removing and applying seals, including those operating on the basis of the Glonass technology.

The government is also ordered to determine stationary and mobile control posts and control posts situated at railroad stations involved in motor and rail transportation.

Glonass joint stock company is named as "the only procurer of works in the creation and operation of the system of control over motor and rail transportation by use of identification means [seals] operating on the basis of the Glonass technology," the decree said.

The decree enters into force on the day of its official publishing and is valid until July 1, 2016.

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