Brest Customs’ history is closely connected to the formation of the customs related issues on the state frontier. Contemporary customs functions since November 20, 1939. Primary staff list consisted of only 2 officers – Alexander Rotsevich (former Head of Tuapsinsky Customs) & Nicolai Shynkevich (Moscow Customs officer). During 1941-1944 customs was out of business. Customs was reformed several times (1946, 1965) and it previously had Minsk customs station as its part.
Due to the increase of the vehicle flow two more customs stations were founded: “Warshawski Most” (1969), “Kozlovichi” (1984). During 1999-2011 the infrastructure of 7 customs stations was set up. Customs station “Domachevo” was completed in 2012.
Brest customs is the largest on the Republic of Belarus and consists of 10 customs stations( “Brest-Tsentralny”, “Kozlovichi”, “Warshawski Most”, “Brest-Zapadny”, “Peschatka”, “Domachevo”, “Maloryta”, “Brest -TLC”, “Pinsk”, “Baranovichi”) and 26 functional departments.
Yearly Brest customs brings state budget nearly BYN 500 billion. 1000 freight and passenger stocks, 1000 rigs and 5000 cars, 20 000 citizens from various countries cross customs stations daily. Unfortunately, there are always those, who want to break the law. That’s where customs penal enforcement agency. Thousands of objects of historical and cultural value are confiscated yearly. Some of them are exhibited in the unique Museum of Art Values.
In addition to combating smuggling, administrative offenses, the customs authorities solve the tasks of creating conditions conducive to accelerating trade turnover. Modern infrastructure allows to provide transit appeal of transport corridors running through the territory of the republic of Belarus.At the same time, the called professionalism of customs officers is essential.
Brest customs officers are real experts in economics and law, foreign languages, computer equipment and technical control tools. They can easily realize the knowledge of customs legislation in practiceand solve state taskssuccessfully.
Customs officers also provide countenance and moneyed assistance to veterans and are really good in philanthropy.
Sportsmanship, healthy lifestyle promotion – these are distinctive features of customs officers. Such addictiveness to sport activities gives opportunity to create strong sports teams in all-round competitions, athletics, swimming, skiing, ping-pong. The main pride and joy of Brest customs officers is futsal team “Mercury”.
Mercury is a double Cup holder of the Republic of Belarus (2006, 2016) and current futsal Champion (2016), Belgium futsal Championships bronze medalist (2006), six times Champion of International futsal Tournament among customs service officers CIS (2007-2012). Also double Cup Holder of Second Division Futsal Championship (2012, 2013, Belarus).
Mercury’s futsal players also perform as part of futsal National Team successfully/ Customs officers Leonid Kowsh and AlekseiNalivaiko European futsal Champions (Chech Republic, May, 2014). They helped their national team to repeat their success at Home World Futsal Championships and to become World’s eight Strongest futsal Teams.