50 trucks processed in 12 hours at one of Ukraine-Poland checkpoints
On Monday, December 4, the Uhryniv-Dolhobyczów checkpoint on the Ukrainian-Polish border opened its doors to empty trucks
This was reported by the State Border Guard Service, according to Espreso.
"50 trucks in 12 hours of work is the result of the registration of heavy trucks at the Uhryniv-Dolhobyczów checkpoint," the report reads.
The passage of empty trucks began on December 4 at 1:00 a.m. As of 3 p.m., border guards have processed 50 heavy vehicles for leaving Ukraine. Trucks enter the checkpoint in the general queue.
As of 9:00 a.m., the State Border Guard Service reported that at the Uhryniv checkpoint, border guards had registered 30 heavy vehicles with a total permissible weight of more than 7.5 tons for leaving Ukraine.
Strikes on the border with Ukraine: what is known
Strikes have erupted on the Poland-Ukraine border due to increased competition following the opening of international transportation between Ukraine and EU nations. To address this, the Ministry for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development initiated talks with Poland and the European Commission.
Responding to the potential border blockage, the State Border Guard Service provided comments, and Ukraine formally communicated its concerns to Poland regarding the planned strike by Polish carriers at the Ukrainian-Polish border.
On November 6, Polish carriers initiated a strike at the border. The Ministry of Infrastructure noted that no official demands had been submitted by the Polish carriers to Kyiv.
By the evening of November 7, Polish carriers had fully halted the movement of cargo vehicles at two border checkpoints with Ukraine.
Subsequently, it was revealed that trucks are facing up to a 90-hour wait to enter Ukraine.
On November 9, a meeting of government officials and carriers blocking the border with Ukraine took place in Poland, but it concluded without any resolution. Simultaneously, the lines of trucks are growing longer. Consequently, Ukraine has suggested to the Polish authorities the initiation of lanes for empty trucks and is currently awaiting their response.
On November 15, trilateral talks with Poland and the European Commission on unblocking the crossing points took place, but they did not yield any results. Instead, the European Commission may initiate measures against Poland if the authorities do not resolve the issue of carriers blocking checkpoints on the border with Ukraine.
Polish carriers have promised to tighten the blockade on the border with Ukraine. In addition, customs officers have begun to record an increase in truck queues in the Slovak direction.
Ukraine and Poland are preparing claims for damages caused by the blockade of border crossing points due to the rally of Polish carriers. In addition, it has been reported that Polish carriers are not allowing humanitarian aid and dangerous goods to pass through.
According to Volodymyr Balin, vice president of the Association of International Road Carriers, Polish carriers are violating the terms of the strike, which could help to get it called off. At the same time, the Ukrainian economy has already suffered losses of more than €400 million.
Meanwhile, the Polish government has called on Ukraine to cancel the e-queue registration for empty trucks. Poland’s Minister of Agriculture also met with the protesters and offered them a compromise solution.
On December 4, the EU Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE) will discuss the situation with the blockade on the Polish-Ukrainian border.
On December 4, the Uhryniv-Dolhobyczów checkpoint on the Ukrainian-Polish border opened its doors to empty trucks.