4.2 Improvement of border management operations, customs and visas procedures.
Minsk Central Custom House (Minsk Oblast, Belarus)
Revenue Administration Regional Office in Białystok (Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland)
Brest Custom House (Brest Oblast, Belarus)
Hrodna Regional Custom House (Hrodna Oblast, Belarus)
Homieĺ Custom House (Homiel Oblast, Belarus)
Minsk Regional Custom House (Minsk Oblast, Belarus)
State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus (Minsk Oblast, Belarus)
International trade through the EU border is constantly increasing each year. Together with legal transport, smuggling is still very common on the Polish-Belarusian border. Instantly growing prices of tobacco in EU involves run of contraband, mainly cigarettes, but recently also drugs and psychotropic substances. The main EU-Belarus transport corridors go through the territory of Podlaskie Voivodeship, Hrodna and Brest Oblasts. Unfortunately the conventional methods of fighting with these practices didn’t bring significant effects.
The DogService project offers a solution to this problem and other issues associated with illegal migration, contraband and human trafficking on Belarusian-Polish border – sniffer dogs. The keen smell of these dogs will always detain of the drugs and psychotropic, that’s why the border guards need their support. Under the project activities, 11 vehicles will be purchased, 6 dedicated for the transportation of dogs and cynologists (Belarus) and 5 for the Revenue Administration Regional Office (Poland). All of them will be equipped with a set of inspection tools and radio communicators, operating in the analogue and digital ranges. Now, when their help is urgently needed, the dog services will be transported to control places immediately. What is important, the training support provided for the cynological departments of Belarusian and Polish custom institutions staff will create an occasion to exchange their experiences and know-how enhancing their partnership for future.
Increased mobility of dog services will result in more effective customs controls, especially regarding the prevention of illegal migration and tobacco trade. As the effect the overall security level of people living and visiting the cross-border region of Belarus and Poland should be improved creating better conditions for development of the border area in longer perspective.
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