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Polish truckers unblock two border crossings with Ukraine after deal with government

Checkpoints on the border with Poland
Checkpoints on the border with Poland

Polish carriers have unblocked several checkpoints on the Ukrainian-Polish border, allowing normal registration and passage procedures for Ukrainian freight vehicles in both directions, the State Customs Service and the Border Guard Service reported on Telegram on Jan. 16.

About 300 trucks are still waiting to enter Ukraine, according to Ukrainian customs officials.

Polish truckers, who have been blocking border crossings since November, reached an agreement with the government and will suspend their protests on Jan. 17, according to remarks made by protest leader Tomasz Borkowski on Jan.16, says Reuters.

Newly inaugurated Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk announced on December 27th that the Polish government was getting closer to a deal to end the protests blocking trucking on several of the border crossings.

The truckers have been joined by farmers, who demand a halt to sugar imports from Ukraine, immediate payment of direct subsidies, maintenance of the fuel excise tax rate at current levels, and compensation to corn producers.

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Ukraine and Poland agreed on an action plan to unblock the borders on Dec. 22.

The Ukrainian government agreed with the Poles on Dec. 19 on an additional opportunity for empty trucks to enter Poland from Ukraine through a separate "eQueue" at the largest checkpoint, Yahodyn-Dorohusk. The start of this line of empty trucks was scheduled Dec. 20.

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