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Moldova - 2.3.3 Border Crossing of Giurgiulești
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Overview

Together with Leuseni, this is one of the critical border crossings from and to Romania. It handles both passenger and cargo, having separate lanes for passengers and trucks. The shortest route connecting the Giurgiulesti BCP and Chisinau is through the M3 and E584 roads.
The E584 is a European category B road that starts in Ukraine, crosses Moldova and ends in Romania. It connects the Ukrainian city of Poltava, Kropîvnytskyi; in the Republic of Moldova it crosses Chisinau and then the south of the country to Giurgiulesti; in Romania the first major city is Galati. The M3 is part of E584 and connects Chisinau to the Moldova-Romania border towards the Lower Danube Metropolitan area that includes the cities of Galati and Braila in Romania via the autonomous territory of Gagauzia. The section between kilometres 0 and 34 consists of a concrete pavement with 4 lanes. Subsequently, the road is paved with two lanes.

Because of its proximity to both the Giurgiulești Free International Port and the Giurgiulești State Owned Port, this BCP has integrated access to ports, often used for the export of grain through the Prut and Danube.

 

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

Giurgiulești – Galați border crossing

Province or District

Giurgiulești, Cahul District

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing

Giurgiulești

2.3 km

Latitude

45°29′N

Longitude

28°12′E

Managing Authority / Agency

Customs Service of the Republic of Moldova

https://customs.gov.md/en

Contact Person

Customs Office South
Tel:(+373 299) 3-21-78/fax:(+373 299) 3-15-11, e-mail: bv.sud@customs.gov.md

 

Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Chişinău International Airport

Distance in 214 km

Truck Travel Time: 4:30 hrs

Car Travel time: 3:15 hrs

Nearest Port

Giurgiulesti Free International Port.

Giurgiuliesti State Owned Port.

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

Name: Cahul

Distance in 2.3 km

Truck Travel Time: 1:30 hrs

Car Travel time: 00:58 hrs

Other Information

 

Regarding road transport into Moldova, the M3 road connection between Giurgiulești and Chisinau has been almost completed. It is planned to complete the construction of the last section, the Slobozia Mare bypass, by end of 2024. This will shorten the distance to about 215 km. 

 

Although railway transport is available from the Giurgiulesti Train Station, at the moment of this assessment, the main mode of transport from the border is trucks. The reason behind it are landslides in neighbouring village of Valeni.  

 

 

Hours of Operation

Mondays

24/7

Tuesdays

24/7

Wednesdays

24/7

Thursdays

24/7

Fridays

24/7

Saturdays

24/7

Sundays

24/7[MB1] 

National Holidays

 

NA

Seasonal Constraints

NA

 

Daily Capacity

This border crossing handles an average of 150-170 incoming trucks per day, most of them in transit.

The customs infrastructure on the Moldovan side is composed of two areas: one for passengers and another for cargo. The passenger area is composed of a total of six lanes that handle passenger vehicles, whereas the cargo area counts with four lanes, two for imports and two for exports. For cargo, it is important to note that one priority lane is always reserved for Authorized Economic Actors, resulting in an expedited customs process. The Giurgiulești – Galați bridge which connects the Moldovan and Romanian customs areas has two lanes.

Customs Clearance

The Moldovan and Romanian Customs authorities work separately (like Tudora) and are physically separated by the Galati-Giurgiulesti Road bridge over the Prut River. As a result, trucks entering the country will be processed by the Romanian customs authorities and wait to be called forward by Moldovan Customs Authorities, transit the bridge and then start the clearance formalities for Moldova.

The customs authorities can receive any type of cargo at this BCP, especially considering they have an ANSA office physically present to conduct the necessary inspections and take samples if required. For trucks coming empty into the country, only tankers and refrigerated trucks are allowed through this BCP to decongest traffic.

In general, the customs procedure for this BCP does not differ from other BCPs previously assessed. Nonetheless, it is important to note that for trucks exiting the country, waiting times can be up to five days.

Lastly, it is worth mentioning that Romanian authorities have implemented the Common Transit Procedure (NCTS) for trucks transiting from and to Ukraine.

Other Relevant Information

Similar to other assessed BCPs, there is one mobile scanner for trucks used when the risk assessment performed by the Customs Authorities determines there is a potential risk.

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

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