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26 November 2020, 17:10

Vehicle passage across Belarusian border slow due to Latvian side

VITEBSK, 26 November (BelTA) – The vehicle traffic going across the Belarusian border to Latvia via the border checkpoints Paternieki-Grigorovshchina and Silene-Urbany is below normal, representatives of the Vitebsk branch of the Belarusian customs service told BelTA.

According to the Latvian customs service, the border checkpoints Paternieki and Silene are being reconstructed and vehicles can use only one lane to enter the border checkpoints. Traffic is also slow because as of 12 October 2020 all the individuals that enter Latvia, including international truck drivers, have to fill in forms on the observation of counter-epidemic measures. The number of officials working in the Latvian border checkpoints has also been reduced due to the epidemic situation.

Meanwhile, the Belarusian border checkpoints Grigorovshchina and Urbany clear an average of about 600 trucks for passage in both directions every day. The figure is below the standard level and could be higher if the Latvian side could handle more traffic.

The Belarusian customs service would like the drivers that intend to cross the Belarusian-Latvian border soon to take into account this information.

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