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“LTG Cargo”, the cargo transport subsidiary of Lithuanian state railway company “Lietuvos geležinkeliai”, informed its customers on Friday that goods sanctioned under European Commission (EC) guidelines continue to transit between the mainland. Russia and the Kaliningrad region have been suspended since mid-June.

“LTG Cargo” will continue its shipments for today, in accordance with the conditions set forth in the relevant EU Council regulation and EC directives, the explanations of the competent authorities and the EC directives to strengthen the transit control of goods. “It will be carried out in accordance with the conditions for strengthening transit control of goods, as defined in EU directives.”

The EC guidelines allow Lithuania and other European Union (EU) member states to check whether transit volumes reflecting the actual demand for essential goods at the destination remain within the historical averages of the last three years and for any unusual flows. or trade patterns.

Items previously transported by truck will not be included in the averages.

On 13 July, the EC issued updated guidelines allowing Russia to transport sanctioned goods to and from Kaliningrad via Lithuania by rail and for exclusion purposes only.

The Lithuanian government’s International Sanctions Coordination Commission made recommendations on Tuesday to the Ministry of Transport, Customs and “LTG Cargo” on how to control these transit shipments.

Of these, about 1.3 million tons were food industry products, while other types of goods were transported in small quantities.

In mid-June, it was already announced that EU sanctions on the transport of Russian iron, steel and ferrous metals through the EU came into force. Cement and alcohol were added on 10 July, coal on 10 August, and petroleum products on 5 December. When all sanctions come into effect, about half of Russian cargo going to the Kaliningrad region will be subject to these sanctions.

In connection with the sanctions, Lithuania banned the transit of these goods by rail to the Kaliningrad region.

While passenger and food transportation is not interrupted, air and sea traffic to the Kaliningrad region continues without restriction.

Source: Tv Net

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