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Leased cars can again cross the eastern border

1 October 2018

It is again possible to cross the border with leased cars without a guarantee payment at the border crossing points of Narva, Koidula and Luhamaa.

According to Ants Kutti, head of the border control area at the Estonian Tax and Customs Board, the data of leasing companies have been forwarded to the Russian border crossing points and therefore, if leasing companies or car users do not have any previous breaches or debts to the Russian state according to the records of the Russian customs authorities, they can cross the border without a guarantee payment. „It should be noted that if a leased vehicle that temporarily entered the territory of the Russian Federation has not left the country within the time limit set, other vehicles leased from the same company may have to pay a guarantee payment at the border“, Kutti added.

The Russian legal act entered into force on 4 September 2018. According to the legislation only one vehicle for private use with the registration plate of a foreign state registered in the name of one owner can temporarily stay in the territory of Russia free of charge. Each entry into Russia of another means of transport that belongs to the same owner is subject to a guarantee equivalent to import duties.       

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