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Checkpoint for empty trucks to open on Ukraine-Poland border

Checkpoint for empty trucks to open on Ukraine-Poland border Photo: a checkpoint for empty trucks will be operational on the border of Ukraine and Poland (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

A checkpoint for empty trucks leaving Ukraine will be operational at the Ukrainian-Polish border. According to the post of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine in Telegram and the statement of the Minister of Community Development, Territories and Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov on Facebook, It is the checkpoint Uhryniv-Dołhobyczów.

The Uhryniv-Dołhobyczów checkpoint is set to open for the transit of empty trucks leaving Ukraine. Trucks weighing over 7.5 tons (excluding empty uncleaned tanks) will be permitted to enter Poland starting from 01:00 on December 4.

Traditionally used for passenger vehicles and buses, the Uhryniv-Dołhobyczów checkpoint will operate in test mode initially, eliminating the need for pre-registration in the border-crossing queue. The anticipated daily throughput capacity exceeds 100 trucks, according to Kubrakov.

The minister highlighted that the initiation of the lane for empty trucks resulted from an agreement facilitated by the European Commission in collaboration with the Ministry of Infrastructure of Poland and the Lublin Voivodeship.

"Now, the opening of Uhryniv is the first item on the list of measures that we are implementing to unblock the border, reduce queues, and increase the capacity of the Ukrainian-Polish border. We are working to remove the blockade as soon as possible, taking into account the interests of our market and the state," Kubrakov emphasized.

The border blockade

Freight transport has faced restrictions on the Ukrainian-Polish border since November 6. As of December 3, truck movement is limited at four checkpoints along the border with Poland.

The congestion at the border is a consequence of strikes by Polish carriers demanding a return to the permit system for Ukrainian transport. Despite Ukrainian drivers announcing a hunger strike to urge the unblocking by Polish carriers and appeals from Ukrainian Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets to his Polish counterpart, there has been no response.

RBC-Ukraine previously visited the Ukrainian-Polish border, documenting queues of trucks extending for over 20 km.