The Chairman of Belarus’ Customs Committee, Alexander Shpilevsky, announced at Domachevo’s recent opening that the construction of border and customs infrastructure has been financed by the Republican budget, at a cost of Br50bn. The Domachevo-Slowatycze checkpoint is of international status, opening in 1995 as a result of huge pressure faced by the Brest-Terespol checkpoint.
Initially, Domachevo — located 45km from Brest — aimed to service passenger cars and minibuses. In line with an intergovernmental agreement, registration of transport vehicles by border and customs services was conducted on the Polish side. The construction of border and customs infrastructure on the Belarusian side has been conducted in line with a complex programme to develop car checkpoints along the state border. Comfortable conditions have been created for those crossing the border and for state border services, while the new building enjoys original architecture, the latest technology and high-speed information lines.
Domachevo can serve 2,250 vehicles a day — including passenger cars, vehicles of 3,500kg loading capacity and passenger minibuses seating up to nine people. Moreover, as Mr. Shpilevsky points out, the checkpoint has been built with further development in mind. It could process cargo trucks so, if Poland organises its own side similarly, Domachevo’s services could be expanded.