There has been an increase in the number of trucks waiting to enter Ukraine on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border since the beginning of February, particularly at the Domanove border crossing (Ratnivskyi district of the Volyn region), the press release of the Ukrainian State Border Service has announced.
According to the announcement, Poland has stopped allowing Russian trucks to travel through its territory on transit to the European Union because of the failure to sign an agreement on trucking quotas between Poland and Russia. As a result, carriers have instructed their drivers to redirect their trucks to Ukraine with the aim of transporting their cargoes through Slovakia and Hungary.
Seventy trucks had piled up at the Domanove border crossing as of Tuesday, 9 February. "With the Domanove border crossing having the capacity to admit 75 trucks into Ukraine per day, regulatory agencies have processed 125 trucks in the past 24 hours alone," the State Border Service said.
The border and customs services have increased the number of inspectors at the border crossing and they plant to hold a meeting to discuss the issue of redirecting trucks to other border crossing.
As reported earlier, Russia and Poland have failed to reach agreement on the volume of the trucking quota for this year, as a result of which trucking between the two countries was discontinued on 1 February. Trucks from both countries may return to their countries of registration based on their old permits until 15 February.