Belarus (bbabo.net), - Lithuanian carriers were frightened by the proposed closure of two more checkpoints on the border with Belarus by the government of the republic. Local media reported this.
The Association of Road Carriers Linava believes that the closure of the Lavorishkes (Kotlovka on the Belarusian side) and Raigardas (Privalka) border checkpoints will hit small transport companies.
“This small number of companies have remained in the eastern market because their vehicles do not meet pollution regulations and the purchase of new vehicles is expensive,” said Linava CEO Zenonas Buivydas.
According to him, most of the companies transporting goods through Belarus are from other EU countries, and trucks will wait longer at the border.
“Regardless of which country the transport company’s truck belongs to, previous practice has clearly shown that due to closed checkpoints, cargo transportation is always delayed, as queues and the load on other checkpoints grow,” he said.
Let us remind you that there are six checkpoints on the Belarusian-Lithuanian border. In August 2023, two of them were closed. In February, the Lithuanian National Security Commission proposed closing two more: Lavorishkes (adjacent - Kotlovka) and Raigardas (Privalka). This has already caused indignation among the mayors of Druskininkai and Vilnius region.