Customs regulations of transit by railway.
Transportation of cargoes on the Latvian railway in domestic railway connection is carried out between all stations opened for cargo operations; and in interstate (international) railway connection (export, import, transit through overland transitions and seaports of Latvia) - on all stations of CIS countries and Baltics.
Transit transportations are carried out through seaports of Riga, Ventspils and Liepaja, which are adjoined by port stations: Riga - Krasta, Mangali, Ziemelblazma, Bolderaja, Sarkandaugava, Liepaja – Passenger, Ventspils. Cargoes imported into Latvia by sea, are overloaded for railway transportation by a forwarding agent and follow through target border stations of Latvia to other states: to Russia and states of Central Asia - through stations Zilupe or Karsava; to Estonia - through Lugazhy, to Lithuania and Kaliningrad area of Russia - through Meitene or Eglaine; to Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova - through Indru.
Transportation of cargoes is carried out in wagons and containers of the railway, as well as in private wagons and containers.
Fares and other payments for services rendered by the railway, are charged according to the tariffs confirmed by the general meeting of shareholders of "Latvijas Dzelzceļš”: Tariff regulations 02-LDZ 1996 (import, export, local transportations). Tariff policy for 1997 (transit transportations).
The railroad rate is obligatory both for the railway, consignors and consignees and forwarding agents. Tariff currency is the Lat (LVL).
By transportation of transit cargoes on the territory of Latvia, the rates of contractual tariffs, calculated on the basis of ЕТТ rates, operate. Transit tariff currency is the Swiss franc.
Motion of freight trains and cargoes through customs border.
Motion of trains through customs border is executed under a schedule, in advance developed and coordinated with boundary and customs bodies.
When emergency or additional trains are prescribed, the customs body of transfer station should be informed about it by the officials of the railway not later than one hour prior to the departure or arrival of the train.
Customs inspection of a rolling stock and transported cargoes is made within the terms established by technological process of station’s workflow, coordinated with a customs body.
Customs railway freightage on the territory of Latvia.
Railway cargo, transported from one customhouse to another, is necessary to be delivered to the destination customhouse within 10 days. This term is counted starting from the date of cargo’s receive by the railway according to the bill of entry at the dispatch customhouse until the cargo’s arrival to the end-station.
If the hauler of cargo, in the result of the carrier’s damage or force-majeure, was not able to get to the recipient customhouse, goods and other articles are admitted to be unloaded in another place, along with taking measures that would secure their preservation for customs supervision.
In this case the carrier must either immediately inform the custom authority, and transport the functionaries of the custom authority to the spot, where the mentioned goods and other articles lay, or secure the transportation of goods and other articles to the place, where the custom authority is situated. In these cases the railway has a right to open the cargo in presence of a representative of the transportation police or representatives of local authority drawing up the general form statement (ГУ-23) or if necessary carrier's statement (ГУ-22), which is enclosed with the transfer documents and is attested by signatures of the persons mentioned above.
On the arrival of the cargo to the destination customhouse, the functionary of the customhouse executes a control of cargo’s correspondence to the transportation documents and customs seals’ correspondence to the information.
In case the cargo’s registration is delayed on the time, which exceeds time standard of station’s technological working process aimed on rendering the freight car for the unloading, the customhouse is able to provide a permission for unloading the cargo and its transmission to the station or to the consignee to accept it in deposit on his risk.
The railway is able to hand the cargo merely after the necessary custom registration had been made and customhouse’s permit for receipt of cargo had been taken out.