Truck Drivers Block Bulgarian-Turkish Border in Protest

Business | February 10, 2014, Monday // 11:20|  views

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Over one hundred representatives of small and medium truck carrier companies have blocked Monday morning the Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint on the Bulgarian-Turkish border.

The blockade started at 9:30 am and has been triggered by the ongoing dispute regarding one-time permits for drivers the two countries issue and exchange.

The checkpoint is now closed for trucks, but buses and automobiles are going through. There are no reported tensions and conflicts.

Drivers and their employers decided to stage the blockade despite the Sunday decision of the Bulgarian Association of International Transport Carriers to not organize it until the bilateral meeting between Bulgarian and Turkey, planned for February 21, is held.

However, smaller transport companies argue that their trucks have been already blocked at the border for 10 days and they cannot wait this long as the huge incurred losses will push them to bankruptcies.

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