From October 1, the State Railway Administration (Ukrzaliznytsia) will begin providing information about all freight cars transporting goods on transit or for export to member countries of the Customs Union of the Common Economic Area (CEA) four hours before they cross the borders of Russia and Belarus. Previously, documents were sent in electronic form when trains departed from a border transfer station, the press service of Ukrzaliznytsia announced.

The list of information about goods has also been extended. Previously, Ukrzaliznytsia sent invoices and train transfer sheets electronically. Now, in addition, it is also necessary to provide more information about cargoes from invoices and packing lists and the name of the cargo in the Customs Union’s classification code for foreign economic operations. The Russian Railways will consolidate all the information about the goods.

Russians explained that they intend to increase the efficiency of customs control and reduce the time spent on customs inspection of goods imported into the territory of the Customs Union with the help of this innovation.

According to Ukrzaliznytsia, such issues are resolved much simpler with countries of the European Union. In addition, information sharing has already been established with the Belarusian Railways. "Therefore, the commercial department of Ukrzaliznytsia believes that the purpose of such complications is to create more stringent conditions for countries outside the Customs Union of the Common Economic Area,” Ukrzaliznytsia said in a press release.