Transport companies from Serbia, and from the whole of Europe, are having major problems entering Germany and are spending hours in freezing cold temperatures waiting to take a PCR test at the German border.
The problems arose when Germany introduced new measures for entering the country, which include all truck drivers doing mandatory PCR test, something that had never happened so far, not even during the state of emergency in March last year.
The measures applying at the German border are best explained by the example of a Serbian truck driver at the Slovak-German border who lined up for the test on Tuesday at 2 p.m. and finished the procedure after almost 15 hours, on Wednesday at 4:30 a.m.
Due to the introduction of new measures that threaten to block transport not only from Serbia but also from the whole of Europe, the president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, Marko Čadež, sent a letter to the German State Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Steffen Bilger, asking for a quick solution.
“The latest measure introduced by Germany, which applies to all persons entering the country (including professional drivers) and who have stayed in or passed through Slovakia and the Czech Republic and part of Austria, stipulates the obligation for these persons to register at the border and do a PCR test which has to be negative. In some cases quarantine was ordered too which has led to an extremely complicated situation and great delays in the transport of goods,” Čadež adds.
He points out that “the images from the borders, the queues where hundreds of drivers stand for several hours in extremely bad weather, waiting for the tests, are really worrying.”
“By doing so, they are at greater risk of infection than when they stay in their trucks. During the year-long pandemic, professional drivers have been exempt from all restrictive measures. And because of that, there have been no major delays in the delivery of goods. The transport of goods, as the lifeblood of any economy, must not stop and must be carried out under any conditions,” concluded Čadež.
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