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Long queue of 400 trucks formed on Russian-Latvian border

December 15, 2015, 13:56 UTC+3 RIGA
The trucks have been waiting in the line for 42 hours at the checkpoint of Terehovo-Burachki
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RIGA, December 15. /TASS/. A long queue of 400 trucks waiting for entering Russia has formed on the Latvian-Russian border, according to a report by the State Border Guard of Latvia.

The trucks have been waiting in the line for 42 hours at the checkpoint of Terehovo-Burachki.

Evgenia Poznyak, spokesperson with the Guard told TASS that long queues at the border between Latvia and Russia began to form as early as October of this year.

"We do not know what it is connected with, and cannot yet name the cause of these queues," - she said.

The problem of long queues of trucks on the Russian-Latvian border first came to the fore in August 2006. At times the number of vehicles reached 2,200, which complicated the work of border services and caused inconvenience to local residents.

The increase in queues on the border in April 2007 was attributed to seasonal restrictions that Belarus imposed on maximum weight of vehicles.

In December 2009, road congestions on the border between Latvia and Russia emerged after Russia’s Federal Customs Service introduced strengthened control over Latvian road carriers.

At the end of 2013, changes in procedures of the Russian Customs Service causes a new queue on the border with Latvia. In the end of 2014, road congestion on the border emerged after Russia had reinforced control measures.

The queues at the Latvian-Russian border regularly emerge on the eve of Christmas and New Year, as well as on the eve of May holidays.

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