On November 21, 2023, carriers from Slovakia started blocking truck traffic at the border with Ukraine. The reason for the strike was the demand of the Union of Road Hauliers of Slovakia (UNAS) to return the need for Ukrainian hauliers to obtain permits for transportation within the EU.
Slovak carriers fear that this agreement will lead to the loss of their jobs and reduced income. They also claim that Ukrainian carriers often violate traffic rules and do not comply with environmental regulations.
The strike by transporters caused serious problems for business and trade. Queues at the border reached several kilometers. Many trucks were stuck at the border for several days.
On November 22, the Slovak government said it was ready for a dialog with the carriers. However, UNAS said it would not stop the strike until its demands are met.
Assessment of the situation on the Slovak border
The carrier strike at the Slovak border is a major challenge for the Slovak government. The government must find a way to meet the demands of the transporters without harming the interests of business and trade.
However, given that the "transport visa-free travel" agreement is part of a broader agreement between Ukraine and the EU, the Slovak government may be constrained in its actions.
Probable consequences of the strike on the Slovak border
If the carrier strike is not ended soon, it could lead to the following consequences:
• Further increase in queues at the border, which will negatively affect business and trade.
• Job losses in logistics and transportation.
• Higher prices for goods and services.
The Slovak government must act quickly and decisively to avoid these consequences.
Grand Logistics Company follows up-to-date information on the situation at the border
Grand Logistics Company, which provides cargo transportation services worldwide, pays special attention to tracking up-to-date information on the situation at the border. This allows the company to take the necessary measures to ensure uninterrupted fulfillment of its obligations to customers.
The company uses various sources of information to monitor the situation at the border. This includes official websites of government agencies, news sites and social networks. The company also has direct contacts with representatives of border services.
Based on the information we receive, we take the following actions:
• Assesses the risks associated with the transportation of goods across borders.
• Develops alternate transportation routes if necessary.
• Informs customers about the current situation at the border.
Grand Logistics Company believes that keeping up-to-date information on the situation at the border is an important factor in ensuring the reliability of its services.