Russian business is concerned about problems with the transport of goods from the EU via Belarus related to the migration crisis on the border with Poland, and warned the authorities that the delays in deliveries could be felt by consumers in Russia, “Kommersant” reported on Monday.
According to a Russian daily, a traffic jam 25 km long has formed at the crossing in Bobrowniki. These disruptions “threaten Russian consumers with problems with the supply of goods, including basic necessities. Large retail chains are already experiencing delays and suppliers warn about the risk of price increases,” writes “Kommersant”.
Representatives of the Advisory Council for Foreign Investments sent a letter to Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov. The council includes, among others concerns: Danone, Metro, PepsiCo, Sanofi, Coca-Cola and Unilever. These companies indicate that the crossing time has increased to 80 hours, and that one day of waiting for each car will cost at least 500 euros.
The authors of the letter asked the authorities to prepare an increase in the scale of transport across the border between Russia and Latvia, but note that traffic jams have started to form on this route as well.
About 10 percent of people cross the Polish-Belarusian border. Russian imports, including food products and basic necessities, medical products and raw materials – explains “Kommersant”. (PAP)
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