Overload of trucks at Finnish-Russian border

The Valimaa border crossing station between southeast Finland and Russia was bogged down by a 60 kilometre tailback of lorries and trailers at the weekend, reports YLE.fi.

Other border stations in the area had smaller queues of lorries delivering heavy goods, including a 24 kilometre line at Nuijmaa and an 8 kilometre line at Imatra. The queue at Nuijmaa crossed over Highway Six.

Temporary parking areas were set up between Koskenkylä and Loviisa, between Rantahaa and Summa, and to the west of Luumäki.

Valimaa Customs checkpoint Chief Inspector Juhani Kuntsi said this was the largest volume of parked lorries ever seen on Finnish roads. Most of the lorries had entered the country on Friday and Saturday.

The Finnish Minister of Transport Anu Vehviläinen and Minister of Municipal Affairs Mari Kiviniemi wrote a letter to the European Commission requesting help in urging the Russian government to introduce electronic customs clearance on their side of the border for increased efficiency.

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