Closing 2 Lithuanian border posts with Belarus won't affect freight traffic – official

  • 2023-08-08
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuania's planned closure of two of its six border checkpoints with Belarus would not affect the movement of goods and freight, Darius Zvironas, director of the Customs Department, said on Tuesday. 

"Only empty vehicles, empty trucks, go via Tverecius and only passenger cars go via Sumskas," Zvironas told a news conference. 

"The movement of goods and freight would not be affected by the closure of these posts, because all the flows today go through other posts," he said. 

The official said the closure of the two border checkpoints with Belarus would allow the Customs Department to reallocate its staff and resources to the remaining border crossing points. 

Lithuania's authorities are considering closing the Sumskas and Tverecius border checkpoints in response to possible threats due to the relocation of some Wagner mercenaries to Belarus.

The final decision on the closure has yet to be made by the Cabinet.