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Migrant crisis in Belarus disrupts the supply of goods to Russia

By Gleb Stolyarov and Darya Korsunskaya

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The migrant crisis on the Belarus-Poland border has caused logistical problems for Russian food producers, who are suffering and are in danger of having to suspend production. if the situation worsens.

Poland has closed several border crossings with Belarus to transport goods as the European Union accuses Minsk of creating a deadlock with the West by pushing migrants, mainly from the Middle East, to illegally cross the border. .

Long lines of trucks have formed at four active Polish-Belarusian border crossings out of a total of six. The Belarusian border service said six Lithuanian border crossings were open.

The trucks transport goods and raw materials to Belarus and Russia, where they are used by food manufacturers.

A Russian market source told Reuters there are 400-600 trucks at any given time at the crossroads from Poland into Belarus, slowing the usual waiting time from 12-24 hours to 2-4. day.

That has increased the cost of shipping because the waiting cost is 500 euros per day. The source said using another crossing cost 300-400 euros.

Another market source said the damage Russian importers have faced so far is not great. The source said they got worse last week but improved a bit this week.

“If the situation worsens, it risks disrupting supply chains and factories coming to a standstill,” the source said.

The sources said that the reverses were getting worse.

A lobbying group including Mars, Pepsi, Danone, Nestle, CocaCola, Metro, TetraPak called on the Russian government to intervene on November 18, a letter showed by Reuters.

“The continuation of the situation could have a significant impact on the supply chain and the availability of goods to the general public, including essential items, particularly as a result of increased volumes and increased demand. in the run-up to the New Year holidays,” wrote the Group, Foreign Investment Advisory Council.

The office of Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Belousov, which sent the letter, said it would look into the situation. The Department of Transportation declined to comment.

The letter said about 10% of all Russian imports pass through Belarus and Poland.

Data from the Belarusian border agency shows that similar border routes have been built on the Belarusian side of the border with the European Union. The data says there are 400-700 vehicles waiting at the border at any one time.

(Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Angus MacSwan)

https://whbl.com/2021/12/03/belarus-migrant-crisis-disrupts-goods-supplies-to-russia/ Migrant crisis in Belarus disrupts the supply of goods to Russia

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