Businesses in FYROM are concerned over the blockade that has taken place in the border crossing point of Evzoni by Greek farmers. Today is the 17th day of this blockade and no solution has been found yet. Many businesses that do trade with Greece say that they have been blocked and that they are not being able to transport their goods. Although two other border crossing points are open, the queues are long. N. Alija, a merchant from Skopje says that the goods that he was transporting from Greece through the border crossing point of Dorjan, have gone off. “The lorries are obliged to come to the border crossing point of Dorjan where there are long waits lasting from 3 to 4 days, maybe more. Our goods are going off. We also have problems with our partners in Greece”, said the merchant from Greece for IBNA.
Meanwhile, the Chamber of Commerce of Northwestern Macedonia says that this blockade is harming businesses in FYROM. Its head, Fatmir Bytyqi says that measures should be taken and an alternative route should be found to import the necessary goods that are secured through Greece.
“As a state, we also have other alternatives, such as the port of Durres, port of Bari, but the lack of investments in these ports has forced us to look into other alternatives”, Bytyqi says.
The head of the Agency for State Reserves, Resi Abduramani, says that in spite of this situation, the country has sufficient reserves of goods and fuel.
“Macedonia has plenty of reserves of fuel and they are enough until the problem is solved”, Abduramani said.
The Association of Transporters has demanded for the border crossing point of Evzoni to be opened as soon as possible. This association says that the border crossing point of Evzoni is the closest point that links the country to the port of Thessalonica.
Meanwhile, the EU ambassador to Skopje, Samuel Zbogar declared that the European Union is closely following the problem with the blockade of the border crossing point of Evzoni by Greek farmers and that he expects this problem to be solved as soon as possible. /balkaneu.com/