Ukraine and Poland Partially Unblock Border for Empty Trucks

Photo: The Uhryniv-Dolhobyczów checkpoint on the Ukrainian-Polish border was opened for empty trucks. Source:

On 4 December, the Uhryniv-Dolhobyczów checkpoint on the Ukrainian-Polish border was opened for empty trucks to increase border capacity and reduce the load on other checkpoints. This was reported by the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service.

“From 01:00 on December 4, 2023, empty heavy vehicles with a total permissible weight of more than 7.5 tonnes (except for empty untreated tanks) will be allowed to pass from Ukraine to Poland,” the statement said.

It is noted that the opening of the checkpoint for empty trucks is one of the first steps to unblock the border, reduce queues and increase the capacity of the Ukrainian-Polish border.

On Monday morning, Ukrainian border guards reported that the processing of heavy trucks had already begun at the Uhryniv-Dolhobyczów crossing point. As of the morning of 4 December, border guards had cleared 30 heavy vehicles with a total permitted weight of more than 7.5 tonnes to leave Ukraine at the Uhryniv checkpoint. Trucks enter the checkpoint in the general queue.

The Ministry of Reconstruction of Ukraine and the Ministry of Infrastructure of Poland are working on the conditions for unblocking the border and have already agreed on some of these conditions. In particular, they have agreed on measures to reduce truck queues at road border crossing points, which have remained blocked for the fourth week in a row due to the strike of Polish carriers, the press service of the Ministry of Communities, Territories and Infrastructure of Ukraine reported.

The measures agreed upon by the parties include the opening of the Uhryniv- Dolhobyczów checkpoint.

In addition, separate lanes for empty vehicles will be created in the eCherha system at the Yahodyn-Dorohusk and Krakivets-Korchova checkpoints.

As a reminder, on November 6, Polish carriers began a blockade of truck traffic at the three largest border crossing points with Ukraine: “Korczowa – Krakowiec, Hrebenne – Rava-Ruska, Dorohusk – Yagodyn. Among the main demands is the return of the practice of permits for Ukrainian carriers, which was cancelled by the agreement with the European Union until 30 June 2024. The protesters want the agreement to be cancelled and the permit regime to be reinstated from 1 January.

According to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, as of the morning of December 1, about 2,100 trucks were queuing to enter Ukraine at the Ukrainian-Polish border.