Latest EU sanctions spark huge lorry queues at Poland-Belarus border

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An enormous line of HGVs that peaked at 80km in length amassed on the Poland-Belarus border over the weekend as lorry drivers from Belarus and Russian attempted to drive home before sanctions kicked in.

Latest EU sanctions spark huge lorry queues at Poland-Belarus border
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At one point, waiting times were up to a massive 33 hours, though this more than halved after the deadline had passed.

In its latest round of sanctions, the EU forbid trucks from Russia and Belarus from transporting goods in and out of EU. The only exception to this has been vehicles carrying medicine, mail or fuel.

According to the BBC, the fate of the trucks that did not cross the border in time is still unknown. It is believed that national authorities could seize the vehicles.

Meanwhile, Belarus has responded by banning EU lorries from transporting goods into its territory. The move was announced on Saturday.

According to the information from the Belarusian ministry, “the exception are vehicles passing through some border crossings to designated places intended for loading and re-switching operations [semi-trailers]”. In addition, the restriction does not apply to trucks transporting mail and live animals.”

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