BELARUS. MarketLiga Duty Free is to open four shops on the Belarus border, following the recent passing of legislation to allow land border duty free stores.
The stores will be located at Kotlovka (on the border with Lithuania), Novaya Rudnya and Mokrany (on the crossing to Ukraine) and Kozlovichi (Poland border).
After a six-month review period, the government will decide whether to permit further stores at other checkpoints, Eurasian Duty Free Association Executive Director Fatima Dzoblaeva told The Moodie Davitt Report.
According to local media BeITA, the store openings follow the recent passing of Decree No. 476 that amends the way duty free stores operate in Belarus. A duty free store was also piloted recently at the Berestovitsa road checkpoint on the Polish border, the report said.
In line with the decree, duty free shops must have cash registers that can block the sale of alcohol and tobacco above the permitted allowances. “In other words, it will not be possible to purchase more than 3 litres of alcohol and more than 200 cigarettes at duty free stores,” the State Customs Committee told BelTA.
MarketLiga, established in 2014, also runs stores at Minsk National Airport in both departures and arrivals areas.