Green corridor on Estonian-Russian border to speed up border-crossing

24.09.2012, 10:53

Tomorrow, the Estonian authorities will launch a pilot project on Estonian-Russian border that will considerably cut queues of trucks waiting to cross the border.

“It will create a so-called green corridor. We will start the pilot project with one company that transports new Mercedes Benz cars from Estonia to Russia and will use its experience to adjust the system,” explained Marek Helm, head of the Estonian tax and customs board.

Helm explains that the new system means that while until now all trucks waiting to cross the border were forced to wait in the same line, there will be now a so-called green corridor for companies that have been approved by both Russian and Estonian customs authorities.

In the meantime, a new ferry connection between northern Estonia's Sillamäe and the Russian port of Ust-Luga opened this week, providing cargo trucks an alternative to crossing the land border in Narva.

The 50-nautical mile link between the ports is the first naval venture for the line's operator, Universal Logistic System.

The ferry, which runs once a day, is currently open only to commercial vehicles. The company is likely to add more ships to the line at a later date, reported ETV