The Union of Car Transporters of Slovakia (UNAS) announced that on Thursday evening it ended the protest at the Vyšné Nemecké / Uzhhorod border crossing with Ukraine, during which it had been blocking the entry of trucks into Slovakia since Monday. With repeated blockades in recent weeks, truckers protested against cheap Ukrainian competition and against the fact that Ukrainian truckers do not have to have a permit to travel to the European Union.
The truckers justified the end of the protest by calling the security forces to take this step. The head of UNAS, Stanislav Skala, claimed during the day that the protest action could not be sustained, and in this context he mentioned the pressures from Ukraine. According to him, 2,000 trucks were waiting on the Ukrainian side of the common border.
The Vyšné Nemecké / Uzhhorod border crossing is the only road connection for trucks between Slovakia and Ukraine.
UNAS first reported on Thursday that it had eased the blockade of the border when it started letting two trucks through it an hour. She protested at the border already in the past weeks.
The larger Slovak association of carriers Česmad Slovakia did not join the UNAS protest.
After the beginning of protests by Polish truckers on the Polish-Ukrainian border in November, truck drivers began to use the Slovak-Ukrainian border crossing in greater numbers, where long lines of trucks began to form.
Slovakian, Polish and also Hungarian car carriers do not like the exception, on the basis of which Ukrainian carriers do not have to have a permit to enter the EU by the end of the first half of next year. They complain that the Ukrainian competition does not have such high costs as carriers based in the Union, and that Ukrainian transport companies have begun to take contracts for transporting goods from them within the EU as well.