Slow Bulgarian Customs Blamed again for Turkish Border Jam

Business | October 31, 2010, Sunday // 14:33|  views

A 18-km line of trucks has formed again at Capitan Andreevo on the Turkish-Bulgarian border Sunday, blamed once more on the slow work of the Bulgarian Customs. Photo by BGNES

A kilometers-long truck line has formed again Sunday at the Capitan Andreevo – Kapakule cross border point between Bulgaria and Turkey.

The line has been growing since Saturday and has reached 18 kilometers on Sunday with over 800 trucks waiting on the road between Edirne and Kapakule.

Turkish media report the line is again the result of the sluggish work of the Bulgarian Customs at the Capitan Andreevo border crossing point, citing sources from the Kapakule checkpoint on the Turkish side of the border, and the Chief of Security and Customs in Edirne, who said only one of the two scales at Capitan Andreevo was functioning.

"We warned the Bulgarian side to not stop the work of the scales over the installment of cameras at the end of the week, when truck traffic is the heaviest, but they ignored us. For this reason our Customs are working at half capacity," the Turkish official is quoted saying.

Turkish authorities are trying to redirect traffic to other border checkpoint – Lessovo.

Outraged truck drivers are, reportedly, blowing their horns, insisting the issue is resolved as fast as possible.

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Tags: customs, Turkish - Bulgarian border, truck, line, Kapakule, Captain Andreevo, Kapitan Andreevo, Edirne


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