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Long wait at Bulgarian border hinders Turkish fruit and vegetable exports

The problems at a laboratory in Bulgaria that inspects Turkey exports to European countries are causing long delays for trucks at the common border, impacting the local fruit and vegetable exporting companies. The troubles have been occurring since April, but over the past ten days, they have worsened.

Trucks must wait at least three to four days at the Kapıkule border crossing. Since deliveries are delayed, Turkish exporting companies have to pay compensation to their clients in Europe.

“The problems at the laboratory in Bulgaria first emerged in April but were resolved at that time. However, they reemerged in August and have been continuing since then; problems have become acute,” said Ümit Rıza Çavuşoğlu, the head of the Western Mediterranean Exporters’ Association.


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