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Poland plans to check Ukrainian grain in transit through country

12 February, 2024 Monday
18:30

Poland wants to check all Ukrainian grain at the border

This was announced by Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Poland Michał Kołodziejczak, pap.pl reports.

"Today we will give clear instructions to check all grain transit on the border with Ukraine," he said.

Answering a question about the list of companies that imported grain from Ukraine, Michał Kołodziejczak said that 15 thousand shipments of feed grain were registered. The smallest of these, he said, was the size of a single truck, while the largest "is a whole train, that is, several dozen wagons." He also noted that most of this grain was not inspected by Poland.

According to the deputy minister, the grain inspection procedures at the Ukrainian-Polish border "deserve to be condemned". He also noted that he "does not trust any importer or exporter of products from abroad who presents us with their tests".

"Today, at a meeting with various services, I will demand that all grain consignments intended for export that are subject to the embargo be inspected in Poland. I will lobby for these rules,"  Kołodziejczak said.

On February 7, Polish farmers sent an official notice to resume strikes on the border with Ukraine. The blocking of the Dorohusk-Yagodyn checkpoint began on February 9. The protest was agreed by the local authorities until March 9.

Earlier, the Polish farmers' union Solidarity announced a general strike across the country on 9 February. At the time, it was noted that it would begin with the blockade of all checkpoints on the border with Ukraine, as well as the blocking of roads and motorways in certain voivodeships.

The reason for the renewed protests is simple: according to one of the organizers, Roman Kondruw, the government has done nothing to address the problem of technical grain from Ukraine since the previous protests.

  • On February 12, on the Ukrainian-Polish border, near the Yagodyn-Dorohusk checkpoint, Polish protesters dumped grain from Ukrainian trucks onto the ground. 
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