Polish carriers may go on strike in November, which will result in the closure of all checkpoints on the Ukrainian border, the Ukrainian Automobile Manufacturers Association Ukravtoprom reported on October 30 in its Telegram channel.
As noted, carrier strikes are expected on November 3. They are associated with growing competition in international transport between Ukraine and the European Union (EU).
“If previously they [Polish carriers] were limited to one checkpoint, now they plan to block all existing entries from Ukraine. The action is planned for two months,” the message said.
The first meeting of participants will take place near the Korchova checkpoint, it was approved by local authorities.
Earlier, on October 1, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called on Kyiv to be grateful for providing asylum for millions of Ukrainians. He pointed out that Warsaw will continue to protect the interests of its farmers by banning the import of Ukrainian grain.
On September 15, the European Commission lifted restrictions on the import of four types of agricultural products from Ukraine, which had been in force since May. Poland, Slovakia and Hungary decided to unilaterally extend the import ban. These countries are concerned that cheap Ukrainian grain flooding the European market is harming local farmers who are unable to withstand this competition.
On September 18, Ukraine filed a claim with the WTO against Poland, Slovakia and Hungary. According to the head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Economy, Yulia Sviridenko, it was fundamentally important to show that states do not have the right to unilaterally ban the import of grain.