Border blockade: Ukrainian railway company dispatches first trucks from Poland to Ukraine
Ukrainian railway company Ukrzaliznytsia has dispatched the first container train with trucks to Poland, which included 23 platforms with 13 loaded tractors and semi-trailers
This was reported by the company, according to Espreso TV.
The train runs on the route Sknyliv (Ukraine) - Sławków (Poland). Customs and border clearance of the cargo takes place at the Izov-Hrubeshiv railway border crossing.
"Currently, there are still formal issues regarding the fast crossing of the Polish border, and experts are already working to speed up the process. Similar trips will be organized in the opposite direction. From the Sławków station, the trucks will go to their destination by road," Ukrzaliznytsia said.
The company has been working on the project for two weeks. The transfer of truck drivers from the point of loading to the railway platform to the point of unloading is provided by bus.
"To order truck transportation by train from Ukraine, you need to contact the Liski Transport Service Center branch of Ukrzaliznytsia JSC, and in the opposite direction - UZ Cargo Poland," the company added.
Earlier it was reported that the trucks blocked on the border with Poland would be returned to Ukraine by rail.
Strikes on the border between Poland and Ukraine
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.