Trucks wait up to 30 hours at crossing with Croatia

A 15 km-long queue of freight vehicles has formed on the Serbian side of the Batrovci border crossing with Croatia.

Source: B92, Tanjug

The Serbian Interior Ministry (MUP) stated on Tuesday that the huge delays were caused by "Croatia's EU accession and harmonization of regulations at Batrovci."

Truck drivers are waiting up to 30 hours to cross the border, while passenger cars are moving normally.

On Tuesday, 300 vehicles moved across the border.

The traffic police are taking all necessary measures to ensure smooth and safe traffic at the international Corridor 10 (E-70 highway) particularly in the zone of Batrovci border crossing, the MUP said.

The Serbian police are calling on freight vehicles to use other crossings to exit Serbia where the traffic is unhindered until safe and smooth traffic is established at Batrovci crossing.

Another lane

Serbian Transportation Minister Milutin Mrkonjić said on Wednesday that another lane will be opened for trucks carrying perishable goods at the Batrovci border crossing with Croatia.

While visiting the crossing point where a line of trucks stretching for 10 kilometers has formed on the Serbian side, Mrkonjić told reporters that traffic should return to normal "in around 55 hours."

He said he would request an urgent meeting with the Croatian minister of transport and head of customs to discuss ways of quickly resolving technical problems on the Croatian side of the border.

Border police commander at Batrovci Đorđe Borđoski told Tanjug that trucks are waiting for around 30 hours to enter Croatia and there are between 700 and 800 of them in the queue.

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