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Ukrainian border blockade: Polish authorities and carriers fail to reach agreement

Ukrainian border blockade: Polish authorities and carriers fail to reach agreement Negotiations between Polish government and carriers have brought no results (Getty Images)

The negotiations between Polish government representatives and carriers, who were blocking border crossings on the Polish-Ukrainian border, have concluded without results, as reported by RMF24.

The three-hour negotiations between representatives of the Polish government and carriers ended unsuccessfully. Consequently, carriers remain determined to continue blocking the movement of goods across the border with Ukraine.

Carrier Tomasz Borkowski stated that they "did not hear any proposals related to their demands," while another carrier, Waldemar Jaszczuk, expressed hope that the meeting would serve as a catalyst for the fulfillment of their demands.

At the same time, Polish State Secretary Rafal Weber stated that the Polish government cannot comply with the carriers' demand to restore permit requirements for Ukrainian carriers because this decision is made at the Brussels level.

However, Weber mentioned that Warsaw is trying to rally other countries to lobby on this issue. He also emphasized that he will discuss with Kyiv the restoration of empty lanes at border crossings for trucks returning to Poland and the implementation of an electronic queue.

Protest at the Polish border

On November 6th, carriers from Poland initiated a strike. This has resulted in difficulties in the movement of trucks at the border with Ukraine.

Currently, the capacity is limited to one vehicle for export and import per hour. To end the strike, carriers are demanding the fulfillment of several conditions.

On the third day of the strike, more than 1700 trucks were stranded at the border with Ukraine.

It was also reported that amidst the protests, the Minister of Development of Communities, Territories, and Infrastructure of Ukraine, Oleksandr Kubrakov, held negotiations with his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Adamczyk.