Moldova postponed second phase of joint customs and border control in Kuchurgan

The Moldovan authorities decided to postpone the implementation of the second phase of joint customs and border control with Ukraine on the Transnistrian border in Kuchurgan until 1 August 2020.

The first phase of the joint Moldovan-Ukrainian control of the Transnistrian section of the border was launched on 31 May 2017. It concerned export-import operations; at the second stage, passport control should also be introduced. Transnistrian officials have repeatedly stated the politicized nature of this project and demanded intervention from guarantors (OSCE, Russia, Ukraine) and observers (USA and the European Union) in the negotiations of the Permanent Meeting on a Political Settlement of the Dniester conflict.

The Ministry of Finance of Moldova additionally announced on 15 January that economic agents from the Transnistrian region will receive permission to cross the border checkpoints Pervomaisk-Kuchurgan, Goyanul Nou-Platonovo, and Novosavitskoye-Kuchurgan to carry out customs registration of goods without levying import or export duties until 31 January 2021.

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