Upgrading Georgian Transit Corridor
20 September, 2012
Upgrading Georgian Transit Corridor

 

An agreement on facilitation the construction of the planned railway tunnel on Akhalkalaki-Karsi section of Baku-Tbilisi-Karsi new railroad line was signed by Georgia and Turkey, the Revenue Service of Georgian Finance Ministry informed on September 12, 2012.

 

Signing of the agreement took place on September 3, 2012 in Istanbul during the meeting of Jaba Ebanoidze, Director General of Revenue Service of Georgia and Zia Altunialdiz, Deputy Minister of Trade and Customs Ministry of the Republic of Turkey.

The document provides legal basis

to allow the customs authority of the country to take all necessary steps to insure the completion of the tunnel in the shortest possible period. The said tunnel is a key element for starting of railways freight traffic between Georgia and Turkey through the upcoming Baku-Tbilisi-Karsi railway projected to connect Asia with Europe through direct railway and scheduled to become operation starting 2012. Transport potential of the railway will further enhance the competitiveness of Silk Road transit corridor passing through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

Moreover, the agreement aims on maximum simplification of customs crossing procedures for persons, transport and goods. Import of goods to Georgia will be fully exempt from customs duties. The paper also envisages setting up temporary customs crossing points on the border.

During the meeting heads of Georgian and Turkish delegations discussed the activation of the agreement on joint use of customs crossing points which envisages use of joint customs procedures to avoid identical customs procedures and ease passengers, transport and goods turnover across the border.

Georgian and Turkish customs administrations also stressed the importance of having comfortable customs crossing environment for pedestrians on the customs crossing point in Sarpi, Georgian-Turkish border at the Black Sea adjacent territory. Opening of customs crossing point “Kartsakhi - Cildir/Aktas” was also on the agenda. Georgian and Turkish delegations also agreed to make customs crossing point “Akhaltsikhe – Posof/Turkgozu” operational in 24 hour regime within May-November period since 2013.

 

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