Lines of long vehicles continued to grow for the second day at three checkpoints on the Ukrainian-Russian border in Rostov region due to changes in transit provision measures.
"As of early Friday morning, 122 trucks were in a line at the Novoshakhtinsk checkpoint in Rostov region, 199 trucks at the Veselo-Voznesenka checkpoint and 62 trucks at the Matveyev Kurgan checkpoint of the Taganrog customs service," a representative of the South customs department Olga Shamrayeva told Interfax-South. She said that over the past 24 hours 155 trucks had crossed Ukrainian-Russian border. In the morning around 400 trucks were waiting for the customs clearance at the said checkpoints. The queues appeared due to new transit provision measures introduced in the south of Russia from October 28, 2013. Many carriers were not ready for the new rules, despite the fact that they were warned about this in advance. The Federal Customs Service of Russia announced that it stopped accepting the Carnet TIR as the only way to guarantee customs transit. The Carnet TIR is not canceled, but they are not accepted without additional securing measures foreseen in the Customs Code of the Customs Union.