TASS: the closure of the checkpoint between Belarus and Poland will not affect the delivery of goods to the Russian Federation

The ban on crossing the Kozlovichi-Kukuryki checkpoint on the Belarusian-Polish border from Poland by trucks from non- EU countries and Lithuania’s increased control over trucks from third countries on the border with Poland will not affect the delivery of goods to  Russia . This is reported by TASS with reference to participants in the international cargo transportation market.

According to Ivan Golovko, head of international road transportation at Noytech Supply Chain Solutions, in the current conditions, routes through  Turkey and Finland remain working options for delivering goods by road to Russia .

According to him, these routes will not be economically beneficial for those who used delivery through Poland and Lithuania. He clarified that the route through Finland will be three to four days longer and 30-40% more expensive, and through Turkey – several weeks longer and at least 50-70% more expensive.

Another option for cargo transportation, he called transportation by rail. At the same time, he noted that in this case, the transportation of “temperature and groupage cargo” would be impossible.

On February 9, the Polish authorities decided to close the border crossing with  Belarus in Bobrovniki. The Belarusian side protested to the Polish side in connection with such a decision. On February 25, Giedrius Mishutis, a representative of the State Border Protection Service under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Lithuania, said that it was impossible to quickly eliminate or reduce the queues of trucks at the entrance to Belarus, where more than 1 thousand trucks had previously accumulated.

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