Ethanol and alcohol products and food products are the most frequently smuggled categories of goods at all segments of Moldova-Ukraine border. The northern and central border segments are considered to be at the highest risk of the illegal movement of ethanol and alcohol products from Moldova to Ukraine. Price differentials of consumer goods on the Moldovan and Ukrainian markets, the increased profit to be gained by avoiding tax and duty payments creates a strong incentive for smuggling consumer goods from the Odesa’s “Seven Kilometre” outdoor market into Moldova.
EUBAM Working Group to Counteract Smuggling and Customs Fraud supports information exchange between its partner services and coordination of the investigations of this nature. These are intended to develop inter-agency, intra-agency and international cooperation. Joint investigations allows participants of the Working Group to focus on key targets and risk areas of smuggling of goods and customs fraud, to establish sustainable contacts and to improve sharing of know-how on trends and modi operandi that reflect high-profile investigations.
Who we are?
The European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) was launched in 2005. It promotes border control, customs and trade norms and practices that meet EU standards and serve the needs of its two partner countries. It is an advisory, technical body based in Odesa (Ukraine). A Memorandum of Understanding signed by the European Commission and the Governments of Moldova and Ukraine in late 2005 is the legal basis for EUBAM, while an Advisory Board – which meets twice a year – acts as the Mission’s governing body. The mandate of the Mission has already been extended four times (in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2015), with the current mandate expiring on 30 November 2017.
What we do?
The Mission works with Moldova and Ukraine to harmonise border control, and customs and trade standards and procedures with those in EU Member States. It helps to improve cross-border cooperation between the border guard and customs agencies and other law enforcement bodies and to facilitate international coordinated cooperation. EUBAM assists Moldova and Ukraine to fulfil the obligations of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), which both countries signed as part of their Association Agreements with the EU. It also contributes to the peaceful settlement of the Transnistrian conflict through confidence building measures and as a monitoring presence at the Transnistrian segment of the Moldova-Ukraine border.
Where we work?
The Moldova-Ukraine state border is 1,222 km long, consisting of 955 km of “green” (land) border and 267 km of “blue” (river) border.
The Mission is headquartered in Odesa (Ukraine). It has an EUBAM Office in Moldova and five field offices – two on the Moldovan side of the joint border and three on the Ukrainian side.
There are 67 permanent official border crossing points along the Moldovan-Ukrainian border, including international, inter-state and local ones. The central segment of this border length 453 km is under Tiraspol control, including 25 official crossing points to Ukraine.
The “internal boundary” between the two banks of the Dniester river is not monitored by Moldovan border guards, but there are some customs check-points supported by police at road crossing points.