Starting tomorrow, the Uhryniv- Dołhobyczów checkpoint in Lviv Region, which usually processed only cars and buses, will be opened for empty trucks, the State Border Service of Ukraine has said.
Vehicle traffic will start after midnight.
"From 01:00 on 4 December 2023, empty heavy vehicles with a total permissible weight of more than 7.5 tonnes (except for empty untreated tanks) will be allowed to cross from Ukraine to Poland," the press release reads.
Border guards note that the opening of Uhryniv is the first item on the list of measures being implemented to unblock the border, reduce queues and increase the capacity of the Ukrainian-Polish border.
Oleksiy Kubrakov, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, noted that the agreement to launch the lane was reached in cooperation with the Ministry of Infrastructure of Poland and the Lubelskie Voivodeship with the support of the European Commission. Empty trucks, including tankers, can start moving from Ukraine to this checkpoint.
While it is operating in test mode, there is no need to register in the queue to cross the border.
"At the same time, our colleagues from Ukrtransbezpeka will maintain traffic order and help drivers if necessary," Kubrakov added.
The daily capacity will be more than 100 trucks.
The spokesman for the State Border Service, Andriy Demchenko, said that due to the blocking of the border by Polish carriers, a queue of more than 2,500 trucks has formed on the border towards Ukraine.
Traffic for buses and cars is not blocked either when leaving Poland or entering the country. As for the movement of humanitarian goods, it is not very significant.