Moldova - 2.3.1 Border Crossing of Palanca


This route is one of the most important and heavily travelled routes in the south-east of the country, as it starts from Anenii-Noi, intersecting with the R2 route that leads to Chisinau, and then passes to Causeni and Stefan-Voda to the south-eastern extremity of the country. However, it is also one of the busiest in traffic, because it passes through many localities. The shortest route from the capital to this BCP is through the R30. Repairs and upgrades have been conducted on this road and it is generally in good condition except for some sections that while still paved, present some potholes and damage.

Most routes from Ukraine avoid the Transnistrian region, which means that cargo to and from Ukraine has to be transported either via the southern Border Crossing Point (BCP) at Tudora and Palanca, or the northern BCP at Otaci. Because of its location, this border crossing is commonly used by transporters travelling to Odessa. Nonetheless, at the moment of this assessment, Palanca was being used mostly for passenger crossings.

The Palanca border crossing is jointly operated by the Moldova and Ukraine customs. Both authorities work jointly to speed up the clearance processes. Documentation will be presented to a single customs officer from the outgoing country and automatically be handed over to the authorities from the receiving country.

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

2040 Palanca (PVFI, road)

Province or District

Palanca. Stefan Voda District

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing

Stefan Voda (48 km)





Managing Authority / Agency

Customs Service of the Republic of Moldova

Contact Person

Customs Office Center

(-373 22) 53 53 65,



Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Name Chişinău International Airport

Distance 131 km

Truck Travel Time: 2:30 hrs

Car Travel time: 1:57 hrs

Nearest Port

Giurgiulești International Free Port

Distance: 280 km

Truck Travel Time: 5:00 hs

Car Travel time: 4:25 hs

Nearest location with functioning wholesale markets, or with significant manufacturing or production capacity


71.3  km

Truck Travel Time: 1:35 hrs

Car Travel time: 56 m

Other Information


Although there are no fuel stations directly at the BCP, a high number of them are located along the road.


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Daily Capacity

The estimated traffic on any given day is approximately 70 trucks, of which the vast majority are imports into Moldova, and a minor fraction are exports into Ukraine.

The border crossing counts with a total six lanes, three dedicated for import and three for export. One of the lanes on each side is allocated to buses, another to private cars, and the remaining lane to trucks, although this one is also used by cars if no trucks are present (this is especially true for the outgoing lanes).

The BCP is equipped with radiation detectors and scales for weighing trucks.

Customs Clearance

As this is a border crossing jointly operated by both customs authorities, documents will be collected by the officer of the exporting country, processed, and handed over to the receiving country. Trucks will then proceed to being weighed at the balances and then proceed to the parking spaces, if available (there is a capacity of seven parking spaces). The estimated time necessary for the customs clearance is less than an hour for a single truck, although the total waiting time will depend on the level of traffic at the moment.

There is one mobile scanner for trucks that is used for both imports and exports. Based on the result of the risk assessment and the corridor allocated, the Customs Authorities may require different levels of inspection. For physical inspection of goods, vehicles will proceed to a hangar to be offloaded and inspected.

For customs clearance of goods, the goods shall be transported and presented, together with the accompanying documents, at the border customs post. The accompanying documents shall include:

  • the commercial document, such as the contract or invoice;
  • the transport document;
  • as the case may be, the permissive act, which applies to certain categories of goods.

As a rule, the placing of goods under the import customs regime and the customs clearance thereof is not carried out at the border. This takes place at the internal customs post within the ​​activity area where the legal office of the economic agent is registered. After placing of goods under transit regime and applying of appropriate seals, the goods shall be transported, for customs clearance, to one of the internal customs posts, within the time-period set by the customs officer. When the means of transport and the goods have arrived at the internal customs post, the transit customs regime shall be terminated and the customs declaration shall be lodged for placing the goods under the import customs regime.

​​​​​A detailed explanation of the procedure is available at Declaration procedure and timeframe (

Other Relevant Information

The information system shall distribute the detailed customs declaration to one of the four types of corridors for customs control:

  • Green corridor – provides for “release of goods” without documentary and physical control
  • Blue corridor – provides for “release of goods” without documentary and physical control, but implies control after customs clearance
  • Yellow corridor – provides for “release of goods” after documentary control, but implies physical control
  • Red corridor – provides for “release of goods” exclusively after documentary and physical control

After carrying out the customs control, depending on the customs clearance corridor and the level of compliance with the requirements set by the legislation in force, the customs officer shall validate the customs declaration and grant the release of goods, and the goods shall acquire the status of goods released in free circulation.

For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Government Contact List

Customs Service of the Republic of Moldova - Customs posts (


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