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Turkish passengers and trucks have hard time at Russia’s customs

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Turkish passengers and trucks have started to face hurdles at Russia’s customs after the downing of the Russian jet, with Turkish trucks now being subjected to full examination.

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“Russia has closed its border gates to Turkish trucks,” said the head of the International Transporters Association of Turkey (UND), Fatih Sener.

Noting that Turkey had made exports to Russia in many fields from ready-made textiles to food and machinery, Sener said: “Around 36,000 trucks carry goods from Turkey to Russia a year. Some 100-150 trucks are now being kept waiting at Russia’s borders. We face an uncertain situation here.

“No explanation has been made about the trucks which are on their way to Russia though Georgia, although the trucks are apparently being subjected to a “full examination” on their way to Russia via Ukraine. This means all goods in the trucks will be unloaded and examined in detail at the Russia border, but such procedures can take days.”

Such a process is also applied at the Turkish border, but only in the event of risky situations, which occurs around 2 percent of the time, officials said.

A board member of the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TIM) and the head of the Machinery Exporters’ Association, Adnan Dalgakıran, also told a meeting of the Istanbul Chamber of Industry on November 25 that no Turkish goods were being permitted passage to Russia.

“The passing of Turkish trucks over Russia’s borders has halted now, including machinery. No Turkish good can enter Russia now,” he was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Turkey’s machinery exports to Russia were around $800 million a year, but this amount had already decreased to around $300 million after economic problems began in Russia.

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