4.1 Support to border efficiency and security
Podlaski Voivode (Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland)
State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus (Minsk Oblast, Belarus)
The road crossing point Kuźnica Białostocka–Bruzhi is one of the largest on the Polish-Belarusian border. It has a strategic character not only because of the high traffic of people and goods, but also in view of its location next to the railway crossing. Due to large number of trucks, cars and coaches it is necessary to adapt the communication system on both sides of the crossing point. The capacity of the custom clearance of heavy vehicles is limited now by the custom pavilions site, precluding the simultaneous control of trucks by the Border Guard and Customs Chamber.
The Pavilions project aims at higher mobility and safety of passengers crossing the border in Kuźnica Białostocka-Bruzhi. Within the works rebuilding of four and erecting of two new pavilions of passport/customs controls is planned together with needed installations and dynamic weights. The existing buildings will be pulled down and erected again with higher parameters, so it will be possible to serve two trucks at the same time. All premises will be connected to one tele-technical system – clearance and passport data will be directed to secondary inspection areas, where detailed control will be performed. As a result, the simultaneous check of heavy vehicles by the Border Guard and Customs Chamber will be possible, the goods will be weighed more precisely and excessive loads will be eliminated.
Finally, the number of vehicles passing through the Kuźnica Białostocka–Bruzhi crossing point will increase almost two times (from 1120 to 2160 daily) facilitating traffic as well as boosting trade and business contacts in both countries. Higher quality of clearances will meet Schengen zone standards. All project activities will also contribute to prevention of illegal migration, combating smuggling, fighting organized crime as well as counteracting illegal trade. Shorter and more successful controls will result in bigger number of cleared vehicles, rising the quantity of people and goods crossing the Polish-Belarusian border.
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