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Ukrainian shuttle traders block checkpoints on Poland border

Restrictions on duty-free imports came into force.

Opponents of new tighter customs regulations on duty-free imports across the border, which took force on 1 January, blocked several checkpoints on the Ukrainian side of the border with Poland on Wednesday, 10 January.

The protest action began at around 10 a.m. Its participants continuously walked along pedestrian crossings on the roads leading to the checkpoints Shehini, Rava-Ruska, Krakovets and Yahodyn.

The protests faded out by 2 p.m. Kyiv time.

The amended rules on duty-free imports in hand luggage or accompanying luggage worth below 500 euros (up to 1,000 euros at airports) and weighing up to 50 kg are valid only for those who left Ukraine at least 24 hours ago and did not cross the border more than once in 72 hours.

More frequent visitors are allowed to tax-free imports of goods worth up to 50 euros.

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