Polish truckers strike: about 1,700 cargo vehicles stuck at border
Traffic at the Ukrainian-Polish border is facing challenges in three directions. Jagodzin, Krakowiec, and Rava-Ruska routes on the Ukrainian side are affected, as reported by Andriy Demchenko, the spokesperson for the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine
He said it during a briefing at the Ukraine-Ukrinform Media Center, according to Espreso.
As of the morning of November 9, around 1,700 vehicles were unable to move in these directions.
"In the morning, about 1,700 vehicles were on these three routes, heading from Poland to Ukraine, with half of them at the Jagodzin checkpoint," stated Demchenko.
He clarified that the disruption is limited to cargo vehicles.
"It's important to note that only freight vehicles and buses are permitted at the Yagodin checkpoint. However, according to the organizers and participants of the strike, they are not hindering traffic for buses and cars," he emphasized.
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.
- Vitaly Portnikov wrote that the recent attempt by Polish transport companies to block the border crossings between Poland and Ukraine to stop the flow of goods from Ukraine into the European Union serves as a reminder of how challenging Ukraine's journey towards European integration can be.