Greek strike slows Turkish trucks at border

Around 80 truck drivers are currently waiting at the Ipsala Border Gate to enter Greece from Turkey.

Greek strike slows Turkish trucks at border

World Bulletin / News Desk

Dozens of trucks piled up in a 2 kilometers line at the Turkish-Greek border on Sunday due to a Greek slowdown strike.

Around 80 truck drivers are currently waiting at the Ipsala Border Gate to enter Greece from Turkey.

The drivers have said that customs procedures at the Turkish side did not take much time and the long line of trucks was caused due to the strike on the Greek side.

Speaking to the Anadolu Agency (AA), a truck driver, Ibrahim Gulen said that the Greek customs worked highly slowly on the weekends.

"A truck passes the Turkish border every 3 minutes. On the other hand, 3 trucks can barely pass the Greek border in an hour," Gulen said.

"Greek trucks can enter Turkey with 550 litres of diesel. Turkish trucks willing to enter Greece can only have a maximum amount of 200 liters of diesel. If we carry more than 200 liters of diesel, we get penalized by Greek officials. Turkish trucks have paid thousands of euros in penalties in Greece to date," Gulen stressed.

Another truck driver, Tuncay Yilmaz said that he was carrying goods to Kavala city of Greece.

"There are delays taking place at the Greek side of the border in recent times," Yilmaz also said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Ekim 2012, 15:10
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