The IRU has just been informed about a letter which has been addressed by Mr. Belyaninov, Head of the FCS RF, dated 13 September 2013, to all regional Customs offices of the Russian Federation pursuant to its decision of 4 July 2013. In this letter the FCS RF states that the additional guarantee measures foreseen by the FCS RF shall apply in the Customs offices “subordinate to the Siberian and Far Eastern regional Customs Departments”. In spite of the ambiguous content of this letter, the IRU is hopeful that the TIR procedures can continue without interruption in respect of the TIR Convention in all other Russian customs offices. Nevertheless, practical problems still cannot be excluded as from tomorrow at any Russian borders. Therefore, we encourage you to inform your members and drivers about the IRU recommendations which were published yesterday, in the case that TIR Carnets are illegally refused by some Russian officers.The IRU hotline will be available on 14 and 15 September 2013 to respond to any questions.