The construction of the new infrastructure at the customs checkpoint "Lagodekhi" of the Ministry of Finance is underway in an intensive mode. Vladimer Khundadze, the Deputy Head of the Revenue Service, and Zurab Sichinava, the Head of the Customs Department, got acquainted with the rehabilitation process on the spot.
Within the framework of the project, six exits equipped with special, modern customs control systems for trucks, passengers, and light vehicles carrying out international shipping will be arranged. Up to 40 citizens are employed in the rehabilitation works of the Lagodekhi customs checkpoint. About 35 customs officers will work on the spot. Completion of the project is planned in 6 months.
As part of the works, approximately 21,000 square meters will be renovated, new underground communications, drainage network will be arranged, as well as new road surface, outdoor lighting of the area, vehicle inspection space. The project also envisages landscaping works in the area.
According to the Head of the Customs Department, during the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, the development of modern customs infrastructure is an important process and a prerequisite for the effective management of customs procedures. The latest infrastructure will provide: - Comfortable and fast service for passengers, and unload cargo and passenger flow at one of the busy checkpoints - "Red Bridge.".
"The renovated customs checkpoint will contribute to the region's socio-economic development, increase the country's transit flow, and employ the local population. At the same time, it will make a significant contribution to the development of international traffic through the territories of Georgia and Azerbaijan," said Zurab Sichinava.
The renovated Lagodekhi customs checkpoint, located on the Georgian-Azerbaijani border, is designed to handle at least 600 trucks and 10,000 passengers a day.