Bulgarian carriers irked by repeated delays at border checkpoint with Turkey

Bulgaria’s union of international carriers has lashed out at the country’s authorities over repeated long delays at the Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint with Turkey, as February 6 saw the fourth day of queues stretching several kilometres.

The carriers’ union’s Yordan Arabadzhiev put the blame at the door of Bulgarian authorities and said that the customs and border agencies were “categorically unwilling” to work quickly and efficiently to process goods lorries at the border checkpoint.

By noon on February 6, the queue at Kapitan Andreevo stretched 13km.

The night shift had processed 523 lorries and the checkpoint was “working at full capacity”, the Border Police said. Documents were being processed at all counters and all 11 lanes were open.

The day before, February 5, the queue of lorries grew to 11km, which statements attributed to “heavy traffic”. Later in the day, the queue was reported to be 18km.

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