Polish trucking representatives said Monday that the latest talks with Ukrainian officials had failed to end a dispute over what they call unfair competition from the neighboring country's businesses.

The haulers say the easing of EU access rules in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine has led to an influx of Ukrainian competition, taking a serious toll on their earnings.

In response, Polish truckers began blockades last week of three major border crossings.

On Monday, some of the protesting truckers met with representatives of the Ukrainian and Polish governments.

“We have not reached an agreement. The Ukrainian side does not take our demands into account,” Rafal Mekler, a leader of a protest in the border town of Dorohusk, said on social media.


Polish transportation companies want to reinstate the use of EU entry permits for Ukrainian trucks, a system waived by the bloc following Russia's assault against Ukraine.

They also criticize an electronic registration system for leaving Ukraine once deliveries are complete, resulting in long waits that Mekler said could reach 11 to 12 days.

According to the Polish customs service, around 1,300 trucks were lined up at Dorohusk on Monday, hoping to pass into Ukraine, and another 500 vehicles were waiting to cross to Ukraine at the Hrebenne checkpoint.

The blockades have also resulted in backlogs of Ukraine trucks hoping to cross into Poland.

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