Hundreds of Russian and Belarusian trucks got stuck in Poland this weekend while leaving the European Union.
The EU has banned carriers from both countries from transporting goods within the block from Saturday.
The waiting time for one checkpoint on Friday was up to 56 hours, and the Financial Times reported by citing Polish data.
Russian and Belarus trucks lined up this weekend near the Polish-Belarus border. Hundreds of drivers were rushing to leave the European Union before the vehicle ban came into effect on Saturday.
Saturday’s long line stretched 50 miles in Poland at one point, with some truck drivers waiting up to 33 hours to be processed. The BBC reported.
Drone footage According to a Reuters newsletter posted on Sunday, a line of trucks was found to be congested near the Kozlovich border on Saturday evening.
“We were driving from Serbia. We were in a line of Bobrowniki,” said a truck driver named Dmitry in Belarus in the same video. “But in Bobroniki, we were turned back and asked to go to Kozlovich. That’s the situation. I’m driving with my luggage. I don’t know what will happen.”
Some drivers had to wait up to 56 hours at the Bobrowniki checkpoint the day before. The Financial Times reported, Quoted from data from the Polish National Revenue Service.
Aliaksandr Kuushynau, a senior executive at a GPS fleet tracking company, told FT. The outlet reported that Lithuania and Latvia also saw a long line at the border crossing.
The The EU has banned Russian and Belarusian trucks from carrying goods inside blocks as part of retaliation sanctions against the invasion of Ukraine.. However, carriers carrying groceries, humanitarian aid and energy are exempt from sanctions.
The BBC reported that hundreds of trucks remained in Poland on Sunday morning when the waiting time was reduced to 12 hours. Vehicles may be confiscated because the deadline has passed, but the actions that these drivers may face are not immediately apparent.
However, Jan Buczek, head of the International Road Federation of Poland, said at least 3,000 Polish trucks in Russia and Belarus could be at risk of retaliation from both countries per FT. Stated.
“We should look for a benign solution,” Buchek told the outlet. “Europe’s offensive action against Russian and Belarusian trucks at the border immediately triggers retaliation for trucks on their way to or returning to markets such as Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.”
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