Approximately 3,000 trucks are currently stranded at the Ukrainian border due to a blockade by Polish drivers.
As of Sunday morning, Ukrainian authorities reported that approximately 3,000 trucks, mostly from Ukraine, were stranded on the Polish side of the border due to a blockade by Polish truck drivers that has been ongoing for over 10 days.
Earlier this month, truck drivers from Poland staged road blockades at three border crossings with Ukraine. They were protesting against what they perceived as the government’s failure to address the decline in their business due to increased competition from foreign companies since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
Officials from Ukraine stated that last week, Kyiv and Warsaw were once again unable to come to an agreement in order to end the protest.
On X, formerly known as Twitter, Oleksandr Kubrakov, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, stated that Ukrainian drivers have been stuck at the Polish border for more than 10 days. Due to this situation, thousands of individuals are facing challenging living conditions with scarce access to food, water, and fuel.
According to him, there were long lines of trucks stretching over 30 kilometers towards the Yahodyn crossing, over 10 kilometers towards Rava-Ruska, and over 16 kilometers towards the Krakivets crossing.
The Ukrainian Infrastructure Ministry reports that, on average, 40,000-50,000 trucks enter Poland each month through eight existing border crossings, which is double the amount before the war. The majority of these goods are transported by Ukraine’s fleet.
According to Ukrainian border guards, there are currently only a small number of vehicles passing through the Polish border at restricted checkpoints per hour.
According to Ukrainian grain brokers, there was a 2.7% decrease in food shipments by road from Ukraine in the first 13 days of November. This decline was attributed to challenges at the Polish border caused by a strike among drivers.
According to Spike Brokers, a company that monitors export data, the amount of cargo passing through customs checkpoints on the Polish border has decreased from 7,500 tons per day to 4,000 tons per day over the course of a month.