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Poland stops blocking one of the checkpoints on the border with Ukraine: what is known

Volodymyr PaziyNews
Polish farmers complete blockade of Shehyni-Medyka checkpoint
Polish farmers complete blockade of Shehyni-Medyka checkpoint

Today, on December 24, Polish farmers ended their blockade of the Shehyni-Medyka checkpoint. At this point, truck traffic has already been resumed.

According to the Polish Border Guard, the protest ended at 09:30 today. This was reported by the press service of the State Border Guard Service.

"The registration and passage of trucks across the border to enter Ukraine is carried out as usual. Border guards together with employees of the control services are working to ensure the passage of the maximum number of trucks," the statement said.

What has the blockade resulted in?

Exports in November fell by 40%, according to the customs office itself. In total, volumes decreased by 9.2 million tons. Freight transport accounted for 783 thousand tons. At the same time, Ukraine's total imports in November fell by about a fifth. If the situation is not resolved soon, the strike at the border will cost Ukraine 1 percentage point of GDP growth.

In addition, the blocking of the Ukrainian border by Polish carriers disrupts contracts for 2024 and may also lead to problems with fuel and lubricants.

"The end of November-December are the months when new contracts for the next year are formed. Accordingly, if we are not able to deliver products on time now, many counterparties with whom producers had relations may renegotiate (contracts - Ed.) with someone else," explained Denys Marchuk, Deputy Chairman of the All-Ukrainian Agrarian Council.

As reported by OBOZ.UA, the work of the Ukrainian sea corridor allowed to partially compensate for the multibillion-dollar economic losses from the Polish blockade.

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