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Slovak carriers block truck traffic through Vyšné Nemecké checkpoint: details

21 November, 2023 Tuesday
18:00

In Slovakia, carriers block truck traffic through the Vyšné Nemecké checkpoint, bordering Ukraine

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The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine shared the information, Espreso reports.

"According to information from the Border Police of the Slovak Republic, today at 1:30 pm, the blocking of truck traffic moving in the direction of the Slovak checkpoint Vyšné Nemecké adjacent to the Ukrainian checkpoint Uzhhorod began," the statement reads.

The blockade was initiated and is being carried out by the Union of Carriers of Slovakia. It is not yet known how long the protest will last.

"There are about 300 trucks on the territory of Slovakia in front of the Vyšné Nemecké checkpoint in the direction of Ukraine. The passage of cars and buses is carried out in the normal mode," the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine noted.

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.

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